New hospital plans on back burner

Government has all but placed plans for a new hospital on the back burner, with the focus now on improving the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), according to Minister of Health John Boyce.

Delivering the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) lunchtime lecture at the party’s headquarters at George Street, St Michael Friday, Boyce said financial considerations had made it impossible to set a realistic timeline for a new hospital.

Minister of Health John Boyce
Minister of Health John Boyce

“I keep telling people that the question of a new hospital is always there to be dealt with. The point is when in our pro-financial programme can we afford to take that plunge. You could start and not be able to finish, but the point is when you start on a project like that you want to see it through.

“Even as we plan a new hospital, the point is that we make sure that the institution we have is continually improved so that we can make sure that the services are available,” the minister stressed.

It was only in April of this year that Boyce had told party supporters at a meeting of the DLP St Philip South branch that despite escalating costs, Government was pressing ahead with plans to construct a new medical facility.

He revealed at that meeting that a site visit would have been conducted before the end of April to one of the areas identified “probably the most likely area to approach Cabinet about for the construction of a new hospital”.

At the time he did not identify the area nor did he reveal the projected cost. However, he did say consideration had to be given to how it would be funded.

In an apparent reference to complaints about the state of the QEH, he told today’s audience the hospital’s ability to meet the people’s needs was not dictated by the age of the building, citing as examples, medical facilities in the United States and the United Kingdom that had spanned centuries.

“I do remind people I chat with that some of the hospitals in Britain and United States, the structures are 200 years old, yet the services within the building have been constantly upgraded to meet the needs,” he said.

A year ago, the minister had told Parliament that a lack of financing had delayed construction of a new hospital, while warning the facility would not provide health care free of cost.

6 Responses to New hospital plans on back burner

  1. Jennifer November 19, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Since there is communication with some of the hospitals in the UK and USA we can understand that some of the hospitals in the UK and USA may be 200yrs old, but i can GUARANTEE you that NONE of the attendees in the A+E do not spend 1-2 days waiting for care and in some cases even dying while waiting. This is truly sad. One of the areas in high need of revision is the waiting time in the A+E. There needs to be a target system set up like the BRITAIN on the amount of time spend in the A+E since we are looking at or bench marking BRITAIN aging hospitals. The manners of the hospital staff is also top notch too despite age.

    It makes me wonder what some of you experience medical heart felt people really think about the care/treatment of your people.

    Do you people not know that your children and grandchildren have to deal with this system. or will you call someone and pull a string, or will you turn up your self and throw your weight around.

  2. Jennifer November 19, 2016 at 11:36 am

    The maximum amount of time spent in the A+E in the UK is 4hrs GUARANTEED or pockets will roll.

  3. Jennifer November 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    If the Government started to pay staff at the QEH based on the amount of patients they saw a day and how well they cared for them – WOW you will see how the patients in the A+E go through the door or is quickly admitted.

    After all this is what is being implemented in GREAT BRITAIN. Put in a follow-up plan for recurrence or misdiagnosis of the illness as this can be costly. Or get in commissioners to deal with the care from top to toe in the hospital. This will get rid of the poor care that some patients are experiencing too. Let every man and woman really work for their bread. I am sure things will improve. Virgin Boss Richard Branson was one of the commissioners in the UK to manage care in Kent.

    In digressing – I know of a father who had an appt for his children at a polyclinic for dental checks. He took time off work to take them, then to hear that there was no dental assistant. Many parents there upset at the time wasting for them. This type of non information leads to the work places being affected too. Mind you the clinic have the phone numbers of parents on record and no one bothered to call any of the parents to cancel the appointments. The dental assistant was said to had been off unwell for over a whole week so there was time to call people.

    The whole system is sick in itself. Stop getting fat and fixing your pensions and fix the problems people are facing in the health care system please.

  4. jrsmith November 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    The lack of professional top management , the difference in the (UK) jobs are not dole out to friends ,party faithfuls , and family members most of these are not qualified.. and then you get the rum shop attitude from most of these people……
    Unless everything changes in barbados where people in jobs as management , must take blame for the rubbish failure and be sacked , we will all go down hill….

  5. Jennifer November 19, 2016 at 3:23 pm


    Like that = the rum shop attitude hahahaha. sadly this attitude is in many govt run sectors.

  6. Tony Webster November 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    One ought to be forgiven for having believed, (yes, acute gullibility syndrome) that when the Q.E.H. was incorporated, ( as distinct from being a department of the Health Ministry) and its status was changed dramatically to that of a legal entity in and of itself, with its own board, that being freed from political meddling of the more egregious kind, it would take on a new life, with the board comprising persons of known aptitude, experience, competence, integrity, and accountability.

    Plus change…plus la meme chose! A wonderful opportunity… squandered.


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