Some residents to pay more at QEH

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart delivering the main address at the DLP's 59th  Annual Conference this morning
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart delivering the main address at the DLP’s 59th Annual Conference this morning

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has put the country on notice of a change in the policy at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) to ensure that people who can afford to pay, do so.

In making the announcement this morning during his delivery of the main address at the Democratic Labour Party’s 59th Annual Conference, the party leader noted that financing the QEH had always been a challenge for successive governments.

While stating that the facility “must not ever lose its human face”, the DLP President said, “a mechanism must be put in pace to ensure that those who can afford to pay for the services the QEH provides are made to do so.”

He gave no date for implementation of this new policy.

During his 54-minute address, delivered in the DLP auditorium, Stuart also spoke about education, the recently introduced Municipal Solid Waste Tax and the economy.

The Prime Minister, who met last week Monday with Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler , said the country was showing signs of economic improvement, though he did not say an upturn was around the corner.

“I was pleased to learn that our foreign reserves situation had substantially stabilised, that our financial deficit was trending downwards, and that it should be at such a level by the end of the financial year as would be a clear signal of Government’s seriousness in confronting this problem,” he said.

He noted, however, “the fiscal deficit and the debt-to-gross-domestic-product ratio and the shortage of opportunities for gainful employment are the main challenges that confront my administration”.

Noting the strides made by Barbados in the areas of education and other social and economic improvements, he asked, “Does the state . . .  owe the same duty to the graduates of secondary and tertiary institutions, living in modern housing with water-borne facilities, driving one of the 113,000 motor cars on our roads, and in generally steady white collar or blue collar employment as it owed to the man or woman [of 1938] wending his or her way to the cane fields or to the farm with broad-rimmed hat, crocus bag tied around the waist and a hoe or fork across the shoulder, having just left a modest chattel house without running water and often on rented land?”

On the matter of the controversial Municipal Solid Waste Tax, he acknowledged that it had given rise to “some stridency in recent weeks”.

At the same time, the country’s leader noted that the revenue-generating measure formed part of Government’s 19-month economic adjustment programme.

“Not only is the waste problem serious, but its management has become more costly.

“Cheap political posturing and jejune political chit chat cannot wish this problem away,” he stated further.

 

21 Responses to Some residents to pay more at QEH

  1. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart August 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Let’s get the wealthy to be poor….then we can all be in it together….maybe we could get back to 1938..

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  2. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart August 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Let’s get the wealthy to be poor….then we can all be in it together….maybe we could get back to 1938..

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  3. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart August 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Let’s get the wealthy to be poor….then we can all be in it together….maybe we could get back to 1938..

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  4. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman August 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I wonder how is he going to judge who can and cannot afford. The way things are u can’t even look @ a man’s job or where he lives. Nothing is sure these days. The majority are struggling to pay mortgages, loans, insurance,taxes, send kids to school, we see ppl live in a big house not knowing their fridge empty and they go by family members for meals, we see ppl with a good job not knowing they owe so much to banks and other commercial places and bajans so proud we not gonna complain.

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  5. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman August 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I wonder how is he going to judge who can and cannot afford. The way things are u can’t even look @ a man’s job or where he lives. Nothing is sure these days. The majority are struggling to pay mortgages, loans, insurance,taxes, send kids to school, we see ppl live in a big house not knowing their fridge empty and they go by family members for meals, we see ppl with a good job not knowing they owe so much to banks and other commercial places and bajans so proud we not gonna complain.

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    • Don Morris August 18, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Good point Mia!

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  6. Roger Manning
    Roger Manning August 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    The same party, that campaigned on lowering the cost of living, is trying to wipe out the middle class.

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  7. jr smith August 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Barbados, must take some heart, from the fact ,we have nothing to sustain our economy, we are not even capable of, growing and harvesting whats left of the sugar industry.
    Bajans are to be blame for the demise of that industry and other parts of business in Barbados.
    The chickens are home to roost, what was free even to the free world , does not exist any more. Bajans enjoy reasonably good health care over the past, but even countries where this is affordable, have some form of affordability payments assitance.
    Bajans should look as to what , is happening around the world and start to change with the times.
    If wealthy people or who can afford to contribute a small surcharge to keep our health service afloat and that is going to make them poor, well , well.

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  8. M King August 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    There is too much freeloading in Barbados. Lawyers, Doctors and other professionals who either don’t pay their share income taxes by under reporting. Home owners not paying real property taxes by refusing to completely a completed home. Rich folk especially those with swimming pools yet no water meters were installed. Squatting on land that is not yours then stealing it .

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  9. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman August 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Stuart the silent killer. We were keeping all social services and paying less tax for years what happen? Why the change all of a sudden as this party get in? And please don’t bring in global economy, cuz barbados seems to be the only Caribbean country that doing poor

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    • Damian Mascoll
      Damian Mascoll August 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Have you been following the economic situation in the OECS. Even Bermuda is having financial issued and cut the pay of their civil servants. I was in Toronto recently and they are having issues as well.

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    • Damian Mascoll
      Damian Mascoll August 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Have you been following the economic situation in the OECS. Even Bermuda is having financial issued and cut the pay of their civil servants. I was in Toronto recently and they are having issues as well.

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      • Don Morris August 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm

        Damian, have you been reading reports from the various international institutions on the economic performances of countries in the OECS and the wider Caribbean? Barbados is the only nation in this Hemisphere that has been repeatedly experiencing ZERO growth — the only country!!! Even places like Haiti, reputed to be the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and others like St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and Guyana are recording growth — not massive growth but growth nevertheless! Time for the apologists to wake up and see things as they really are! And here’s a question to ponder, or rather dream about as you remain in your slumber: Why do you think Prime Minister Stuart and Finance Minister Sinckler were so quick to publicly declare that they’re willing to work with Owen Arthur a man who, from time to time, they have been accusing of wrecking Barbados during political campaigns? Has he now become the exact opposite of all that they have been trumpeting because he resigned from the “Better Labour Party”?

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  10. charlzee August 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    @damian mascoll it is a pity that people who support a particular political party cannot even think logical for themselves.Sir most countries are out of a recession and for your input, canada was never in a recession and not even close there.Right now there is so much jobs there that they always looking for people outside of canada to fill those jobs.If you look at other countries i can bet they have two consecutive quarters of growth and even for that matter has shown signed of econimic growth for the past couple of years.In barbados we are not doing anything to improved our situation yes we have been seeing some foreign investments but look at what price.Only the rich are the ones living well and getting the fatted calf and those at the middle and bottom are returning to the cane fields as the PM would always refer to or 1938 in his speech to his party faithfuls who cannot even think for themselves either.

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  11. Don Morris August 18, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I have news for the Prime Minister! Wealthy people in Barbados ain’t going to the QEH; they will go to places like Bayview Hospital and other private doctors and institutions and since we don’t have many of them, they will also opt to get on an airplane and head to Miami and other places when they get sick.

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  12. anonymous August 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    my pensioner of a grandmother have to pay $500 upfront for cataract surgery in barbados because she has to pay for gauze and other supplies. a woman who worked hard during her day and made sure “the man” had all dem taxes. is she one of those ppl who you want to make pay ?

    all this makes the old woman on the bus warning that voting for bees equals higher busfares seem stupid now

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  13. Bajan Taxpayer August 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Give me back my taxes and then I can afford to pay for my hospital and doctor visits.

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  14. ideliver69 August 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Is it fair that some of our population continue to be disproportionately taxed for public services but now our PM wants to “ensure that those who can afford to pay for the services the QEH provides are made to do so.”

    The folly of it is that they are essentially paying twice for QEH services in the event they need them

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  15. Angeline August 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Who determines who can and who cannot pay Mr Stuart. The same persons who decided who were the ones to be layed off. If you are looking at implementing a fee all persons using the facility should be made to pay. How much more burdens will you and your government place on the supposedly middle class in this country. They have expenses the same as everyone else, mortgages, families etc. Why not stop trying to hold on to cash strap government run businesses and privatise them where there will be more efficient and profitable.

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  16. Another brek Bajan ready to leff bout here August 19, 2014 at 7:35 am

    So this administration is saying to the people who are struggling to get out of poverty, “don’t waste your time trying. Just go lime pun de block, cuz if you wuk you going had to pay more”.

    Somebody tell the PM that pre 1938 the big wigs in the civil service weren’t so fat from driving in big cars and living in big houses with big salaries for do $hit all. So if he wants us to go back there, then start with his civil servants, just by making them accountable and work for the big salary.

    STOP THE WASTED MONEY AND WE WOULD NOT NEED TO KILL PEOPLE WITH TAXES!

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  17. Arther Lashley September 9, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    NOT HE THO, all Politicians get it ALL FREE.

    “PAY”!!?? That word is not in their vocabulary!!

    As good a case of “don’t do what I do ,DO what I say” as you will ever see.
    Typical damned Hypocrisy from Stuart.

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