Such a shame!

It is an embarrassment.

That is the view of former Minister of Health Jerome Walcott on the 13 three-wheeled ambulances that were recently donated to the Barbados Government by the United Arab Emirates. “I do not see them being used as ambulances in Barbados. I don’t know how they are going to manoeuvre on the roads of Barbados, especially a hill like Rendezvous Hill,” Walcott said.

He also added that he was very curious to see how they were going to be deployed. “I don’t think they [Government] knew what they were going to do with them when they were gifted. Just because other countries are taking them does not mean we have to take them too,” he said.

Workers at the Technical Management Service, where the ambulances are being assembled, said they were also wondering how effective the three-wheeled vehicles would be in Barbados. The vehicle is narrow in width, short in length and resembles that of a tricycle, with a container on the back. They have the capacity to carry one operator in the front and an attendant and patient on a stretcher in the back.

One ambulance worker who requested anonymity said they were thankful to have received the donation, but he was not sure what type of vehicle to call it and said that the future drivers would need to obtain a special licence to drive them.

“They cannot be used for everyday emergencies, but I guess they have a place here. I personally believe they can only begoing to clinics,” he said.

Another worker, who was eager to show the unique vehicle added that “it rides just like a motorcycle and I know that can only go for short distances and cannot handle all the corners in Barbados”.

A mechanic who helped assemble one of the vehicles and also requested anonymity added that the vehicles were fairly simple to set up, but he did not believe they had a place here. An emergency medical technician (EMT) from the Ambulance Service, who declined to give his name, said he had a chance to look at the vehicles and was not impressed, but rather amused.

“They are funny. They can be useful, yes, but not for what we do here in Barbados. They are certain standards that need to be met for it to be considered an ambulance, and those things do not meet that standard,” he said.

He further mentioned: “Those vehicles are not built for the roads in Barbados and you certainly cannot pick up patients in them. Maybe they can be used to transport medication or something like that.” He also mentioned that the safety of the EMTs needed to be taken into consideration when using the ambulances. When contacted, Minister of Health John Boyce said he had already commented on the matter and had nothing further to add.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Tennyson Springer, said the ministry had already cleared the vehicles and they were now deciding on how they were going to be distributed.

He added that “training of officers to operate the vehicles depends on who is going to be using them and what they are going to be used for”.

40 Responses to Such a shame!

  1. Matthew Clarke
    Matthew Clarke January 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    its a gift, they were not bought, why should i be ashamed of a gift i did not really like, just dont use it or give it away or sell it, they can be used at kensington, at the hospital to train EMS crews as training vehicles, and at large events to get people out of crowds to waiting ambulances, some bajans seem to have quit thinking and just settle for complaining at every thing

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  2. Seidre Smith
    Seidre Smith January 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Lollll oh my

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  3. Seidre Smith
    Seidre Smith January 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Lollll oh my

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  4. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch January 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    One use is to bring tourist from port to town .

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  5. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch January 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    One use is to bring tourist from port to town .

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  6. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua January 9, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Really Mr Walcott..you are so bloody ungrateful…how many countries did you get to donate a needle to Barbados while you were the minister of health..where you looking for them to donate Braun Ambulances to us..these ambulances can hold 1 patient and 2 medics ..they can be use during or at any big event like crop over/ kadooment day …where they can maneuver easily through the crowds..Maybe you wont need to use one ..as you can fly to which ever hospital you want to go ..but to the people of the UAE from a humble Barbadian… I want to thank you for your donation..and may your country continue to give assistant when ever you can..SMDH

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  7. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua January 9, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Really Mr Walcott..you are so bloody ungrateful…how many countries did you get to donate a needle to Barbados while you were the minister of health..where you looking for them to donate Braun Ambulances to us..these ambulances can hold 1 patient and 2 medics ..they can be use during or at any big event like crop over/ kadooment day …where they can maneuver easily through the crowds..Maybe you wont need to use one ..as you can fly to which ever hospital you want to go ..but to the people of the UAE from a humble Barbadian… I want to thank you for your donation..and may your country continue to give assistant when ever you can..SMDH

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  8. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley January 10, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Where ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise. I know ( know) he must be appealing to PPL he know are equally ignorant.

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  9. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley January 10, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Where ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise. I know ( know) he must be appealing to PPL he know are equally ignorant.

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  10. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick January 10, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Some one once say beware of wisemean bearing gifts lol this is a insult seriously

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  11. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick January 10, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Some one once say beware of wisemean bearing gifts lol this is a insult seriously

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  12. Petra Mccollin
    Petra Mccollin January 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

    At first I laughed but after further thought and research it will be useful. Bajan need to think outside the narrow box of what they are use to. That type of thinking it what is killing Barbados

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    • Matthew Clarke
      Matthew Clarke January 11, 2014 at 9:59 am

      we think small minded until someone from overseas does it then we drop our jaw and embrace it

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  13. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick January 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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  14. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick January 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Recently, the three-wheel ambulance from Dubai in Barbados has been making the rounds. Please compare this with the ambulances from Dubai alongside it. Dubai won the 2013 Award for Ambulance Service incidentally. Have a look and compare.

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  15. Matthew Clarke
    Matthew Clarke January 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Prince Nick you clearly need to travel, lesson one, london england http://photos.imageevent.com/motorbiker/newspics3/London-Ambulance-1.jpg

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    • Prince Nick
      Prince Nick January 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

      have been

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    • Matthew Clarke
      Matthew Clarke January 11, 2014 at 10:31 am

      good, then one should be aware that motorcycle EMTs arrive on the scene before van ambulances because they can get through traffic, and stabalise people quickly until the larger ambulance arrives, its how modern health care works now, we need to stop being so biased and narrow minded, especially when we dont know what we talking about

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  16. Matthew Clarke
    Matthew Clarke January 11, 2014 at 10:01 am

    london england

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