Mottley slams ‘band aid approach’ to QEH crisis

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley today blasted the Freundel Stuart administration for taking a ‘band aid approach’ to the crisis at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).

And she has called on Stuart to address the nation in a bid to allay the fears of Barbadians.

“People are genuinely hurting in this country and are incapable of relying on services that they could have closed they eyes before and relied upon,” she said at a press conference held at her office today in the wake of news that doctors are only treating emergency cases at the health facility.

“A band aid approach cannot be used anymore. This is the same band aid approach that the Prime Minister used, having admitted that the NCC process was flawed and then sent the workers on a wild goose chase to a tribunal that he knew is incapable of functioning in any meaningful way to their benefit . . .” Mottley said, while describing the situation at the QEH as precarious and dangerous.

Yesterday, Opposition members walked out of Parliament after failing to have the situation at the QEH discussed as a matter of urgent public importance.

Opposition member Dale Marshall
Opposition member Dale Marshall

Opposition member Dale Marshall defended the action, telling the press conference that the BLP legislators would have supported a vote to provide funds to the QEH for the purchase of medical supplies.

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