QEH crisis

Medical practitioners concerned about shortage of medical supplies at hospital

A chronic shortage of essential medical supplies at the island’s premier health care institution has forced doctors into emergency mode.

The ongoing situation has reached such a critical point that the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) and the Junior Doctors Association (JDA) fear the state of affairs could compromise the level of care which their members can provide at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).

BAMP’s public relations officer Linda Williams.
BAMP’s public relations officer Linda Williams.

“Obviously it will have an impact on the way that we are able to give care to patients and the way that we are able to provide the best possible care for the patients at the hospital,” BAMP public relations officer Dr Linda Williams told Barbados TODAY.

The medical practitioners are so worried about the likely adverse impact on patients and doctors that representatives of the two organizations are due to meet in a joint emergency session tomorrow at the QEH to determine the way forward.

“The main focus of the meeting is the recurring shortages in the hospital rather than just the current problem . . . The most critical area I would have to say is the shortage of essential supplies and other concerns as well, but the problem is recurring. As you know we have spoken on this issue before and the doctors are quite concerned about the fact that we have shortages that get fixed and then maybe a few weeks or months later we are back in the same situation again,” added Dr Williams.

The BAMP PRO is also concerned about the constraints the shortages would have on medical practitioners.

She pointed out that the emergency meeting had been requested by members who, from all indications, have run out of patience.

Only about four months ago, BAMP held an emergency meeting to discuss the same shortage of basic and essential medical supplies at the hospital, which, it said, had reached crisis level.

Back then, BAMP president Dr Carlos Chase had also put the public on notice that doctors would only be performing emergency procedures and surgeries and pleaded with the Government to urgently provide the necessary supplies to serve the patients at the hospital.

The doctors are not the only key stakeholders who have sounded the alarm over operations at the QEH.

The hospital’s chief executive officer Dr Dexter James is also on record recently describing the situation in the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department as a crisis, which posed a serious threat to the lives of patients in need of urgent health care.

James had said then that the A&E Department was overwhelmed with a number of non-emergency patients “flooding” the QEH every day for treatment.

He had also explained that in a bid to ease the pressure on the A&E, hospital authorities were working on a “fast-track” system for persons in need of “diagnostic investigation”.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

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30 Responses to QEH crisis

  1. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews November 28, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Where has all the land tax money gone ?

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  2. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley November 28, 2014 at 2:22 am

    These are the things DEM should be concerned about and not petty crap-this is a scary situation and nothing seems to be getting better in Barbados. I hope that people are not intimidated and speak of the persistent ills in every sector in Barbados especially the despicable health care system.

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  3. Wayne Brathwaithe
    Wayne Brathwaithe November 28, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Y this keep happening at QEH

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  4. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa November 28, 2014 at 5:05 am

    If you speak u go to jail

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  5. Tony Webster November 28, 2014 at 5:15 am

    QEH is merely a very visible part of a generally-broken governance; of policies which are were born of altruistic socialist ideals, but which are obviously, and demonstrably, unsustainable. Our beloved BIM is not suffering from a malaise…or “a touch of chic-V”…it is cancer we are dealing with.
    Cancers don’t respond well to “panadol”…they gotta be irradiated, or excised. THAT is the only medicine that we need so desperately, for QEH, as well as our courts, and all other public institutions. BTW, after excision of this particular melanoma, we shall also need a l-o-n-g course of therapeutic medication, called L-E-A-D-E-R-S-H-I-P. We could even start this medication right now, if some could be found, but stocks of this are “exhausted”, and also out-of-stock.
    I trust no-one in particular feels threatened, frightened, un-easy, nervous, or litiginous…as I express my sincere thoughts on the National Mess which we all now can see, smell, and touch..as it swills all around our feet. Yes, they should however…feel ashamed. Acutely and critically so.

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  6. Baz Moz
    Baz Moz November 28, 2014 at 5:37 am

    What again?

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  7. Ricky Harris
    Ricky Harris November 28, 2014 at 5:59 am
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    Ricky Harris November 28, 2014 at 5:59 am
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  9. Ricky Harris
    Ricky Harris November 28, 2014 at 5:59 am
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    Ricky Harris November 28, 2014 at 5:59 am
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    Ricky Harris November 28, 2014 at 5:59 am
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  12. Ricky Harris
    Ricky Harris November 28, 2014 at 5:59 am
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  13. Ricky Harris
    Ricky Harris November 28, 2014 at 5:59 am
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  14. Keisha Callender
    Keisha Callender November 28, 2014 at 5:59 am

    They don’t even have needles to draw blood with that’s how bad it. Is smh

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  15. David F. Cabral
    David F. Cabral November 28, 2014 at 7:10 am

    “The ongoing situation has reached such a critical point that the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) and the Junior
    Doctors Association (JDA) fear the state of affairs could compromise the level of care which their members can provide at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital”……..If someone was to die due these shortages can we charge the Government and/or the Minister of Health with involuntary Manslaughter? Can the Family of the deceased sue the hospital management, the Government and the Minister of Health?…Just checking.

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    • Ricky Harris
      Ricky Harris November 28, 2014 at 7:29 am

      David F. Cabral you mean if someone ELSE cause I’m sure that persons have already lost their lives due to the dire state of affairs at the lone state run hospital here in Barbados. Bajans have already lost their lives waiting for ambulances, etc. This country really sick…

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  16. Ronnie Murrell
    Ronnie Murrell November 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Again?????

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  17. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis November 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Hmm so what happened the money they got other day was short more people using hospital and chicken v help cause shortages I guess

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  18. Mark Rudder
    Mark Rudder November 28, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Signs of the times. This will help to build the case for paid health care in Barbados.

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  19. Malcolm Roger Thompson
    Malcolm Roger Thompson November 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

    This is what happens to a country when greed, corruption and those in charge are incompetent. Sorry state of affairs, the big question is can it be reversed and corrected before the country FAILS.

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    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley November 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

      The citizens are the people with the power to make that happen-talk alone won’t do it-that is why I love the US, people take action with less talk.

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    • Beverley St John
      Beverley St John November 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

      “After all is said than done, more will be said than done.” Aesop

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    • Beverley St John
      Beverley St John November 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

      “After all is said than done, more will be said than done.” Aesop

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    • Beverley St John
      Beverley St John November 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Correction! “After all is said and done, more will be said than done.” -Aesop

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  20. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham November 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Lord help us this is really sings of the times no wonder we are dying so fast GOD is still in control please let us keep trusting The Lord

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  21. Cherise Unique Rock
    Cherise Unique Rock November 28, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    ^^^^ not certain people…the premier minister went Canada for treatment. I pray to God to keep me healthy cause to go to QEH you could as well call the undertaker and make arrangements.

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  22. Nelson Darwin
    Nelson Darwin November 28, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Somalia… Somoa… Potayto… Potaaato.

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