There’s no crisis, says PM Stuart

There is no cause for alarm, said Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who also insisted today that the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) was not facing a crisis.

Stuart, however, admitted in Parliament that there were challenges facing the state-run institution, some of which, he said, had been there since its inception.

Following an emergency meeting yesterday, the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) announced that with immediate effect, QEH would only be performing urgent and emergency surgeries because the medical facility was at a crisis stage and it could not be business as usual.

However, Stuart said while Barbadians should be concerned, he believed the challenges were exaggerated. He said all that was required was “the prudent intervention of the Government to restore order and [ensure] confidence is resumed.”

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

“I understand that when these things happen, people will be concerned and they should be concerned. But to give the impression that all of a sudden the hospital is falling apart [and] things that are happening there now have never happened before, is just not true. We have always had these challenges at the hospital whether the Democratic Labour Party is in the government or whether the Barbados Labour Party is in the government,” said Stuart.

“I think . . . we need to just cool down a bit. Let’s face the reality that the country has been facing some revenue challenges and has been facing therefore some cash flow challenges. But even when the country is not facing revenue challenges, it has been known to face cash flow challenges . . . I do not accept that the hospital is in any crisis. That is a view that has been expressed by the medical professionals there. I have heard all of this before. Long before some of those professionals who are there talking went there to work,” he added.

Describing the QEH as the best in the region with a very high quality of health care, Stuart said the Government had always responded to the challenges and this time was no different. He said a sum of money had been disbursed to the hospital last week and another set would be disbursed over the coming days.

“I just want to assure the country that there is no need for alarm where the QEH is concerned. The quality of health care ordinarily provided by that institution will continue to be provided,” he said.

“I am very glad that we have dealt with it today. I am very glad the country has had a chance to hear the Opposition and to hear the Government and we can now lay this issue to rest . . . There is no need for public alarm. Barbados is safe and people are free to get on with their life,” said Stuart, before a motion was moved for the House to be adjourned until next Tuesday. The motion was carried.

7 Responses to There’s no crisis, says PM Stuart

  1. Veronica Straker
    Veronica Straker July 9, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Does this man live in Barbados? Doesn’t he read the newspapers or listen to the news? Doesn’t he have a personal or private secretary to brief him?

    • Frederick Alleyne
      Frederick Alleyne July 9, 2014 at 6:44 am

      Yes this man lives in Barbados because he and the whole lot know we like it so. We get kicked and we ask for another one.

    • Sandra Davis
      Sandra Davis July 9, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      He most likely has a secretary, but hes really not too bothered.. he should sort out the lazy Barbados Cops, the Druggies, with guns.. and then the tourists might return in droves, until then its put us off from visiting the Island.. too many shootings, not enough done about the Drug problem in Barbados…

    • Sandra Davis
      Sandra Davis July 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      He might be bothered when the Tourists stop going to holiday in Barbados ! 🙂 Because its not safe..

  2. Jackie Alleyne July 9, 2014 at 6:31 am

    It is apparent that Government do not face up to the realities of the issues that they are causing. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government -we will continue to play this cat and mouse game. In crisis v not in crisis. Frankly Ive had enough of the games and furthermore, until something is done about the large sums of money being sucked into Government – we will always be in a financial mess and told there is a lack of money because we have no structure for accountability. And that is a deliberate act.

  3. Josh July 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Freundel is starting to look like the emperor with no clothes. The hospital is clearly in crisis otherwise BAMP would not have spoken out so angrily and the hospital suppliers would be getting paid. The worst thing in my view however is the constant cloak and mirrors act being displayed by government, the PM in particular, where one minute Barbados is in crisis and the next its not. The doctors say the hospital is in crisis, the government say they are not; the IMF and Moody’s say Barbados are in crisis but they are speakingrubbish apparently. Talking of rubbish, the recently imposed stealth tax smacks of desparation – it’s ill though out and has been speedily implemented on everyone, irrespective of their ability to pay. The government would do better by admitting that Barbados don’t have any money in the bank and seek citizens support to rectify this rather than treating them like fools. As for the QEH being the best in the region, how was that accolade achieved if they have no gloves, linen and other basic items and their equipment isn’t working. The Bajan people need to stop being so complacent and hold the government to account – Enough is enough already!

  4. James Franks July 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    When Our friend Freundel tells us not to worry,we all know that we have a really serious crisis ahead!!


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