QEH to get a further $25 million injection


After injecting $22 million into its operations earlier this year, Government is preparing to bring a further $25 million supplementary to Parliament before the end of the current financial year to assist the cash-strapped Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).

Health Minister John Boyce made the disclosure today following a QEH tour, led by officials of the state-run health care institution.

“The supplementary vote was anticipated to be $18 million at one stage, but because of the work we had to undertake because of the reality of the Ebola virus we expect that supplementary may rise to $25 million,” said Boyce, while clarifying that the QEH’s Accident & Emergency Department (A&E) was being prepared to carry out “pre-screening” of suspected Ebola patients.

Today’s tour came in response to public concerns about the ability of the hospital to deliver quality patient care, following stern warnings from the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) and the Junior Doctors Association that the situation at the hospital had reached a crisis state, and that they had decided to handle emergency cases only.

In strongly condemning the move by the doctors yesterday, hospital CEO Dexter James described it as both “reckless” and “irresponsible”.

He had earlier cautioned back in August that while the situation at the QEH had stabilized somewhat with a $22 million injection from Government,  there would be need for a longterm plan to finance the primary health care facility, which is indebted to the tune of $30 million.

During today’s tour of the QEH compound, media representatives were shown various aspects of the hospital’s operation, including the A&E Department, which has been at the centre of recent complaints about service delivery.

However, at the time of the tour, the Department appeared to be at a manageable level both in terms of patient numbers and treatment.

Heath Minister John Boyce during today's tour.
Heath Minister John Boyce inspects some of the equipment in use at the hospital during today’s tour.

Minister Boyce also sought to make it clear that even in the worst of times, the hospital’s suppliers had never withdrawn their services.

I want to establish the fact here. The suppliers have never withdrawn service to the QEH and this is because of the constant dialogue we maintained with these important players in the business.

“This is a dialogue which will continue and a dialogue which I believe will allow us to eventually reach a position where we can look forward to containment of costs in terms of the procurement of drugs and other supplies as we continue to work to more permanent solutions,” the Minister of Health said.

He assured that the authorities were seriously treating to the issue of the hospital’s indebtedness to major suppliers, revealing that “the last meeting was under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister [Freundel Stuart] when we shared with the major suppliers of drugs what solution we will put in place”.

Through the Ministry of Finance we are looking forward to being able to put that permanent solution in place in the next two to three weeks,” he added.

Following the tour, acting CEO Louise Bobb also pointed out that the hospital had a supplies management system, which gave management intelligence on how, when or where we should re-order. However, she said it come down to the availability of cash to back up the orders.

Director of Medical Services Tony Harris said “the buying of these supplies is a continuous exercise. The hospital does not have extensive warehousing facilities. So we are almost always purchasing supplies on a demand basis.

There was glitch of this procedure and we did fall below a level where we should have ordered. However that has been fixed. The supply chain has been built back up quite significantly, ” Harris explained.

9 Responses to QEH to get a further $25 million injection

  1. Sandra K. Martindale
    Sandra K. Martindale November 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    So what was the point of the budget cuts that weren’t supposed to affect quality of care?

  2. Junior Browne
    Junior Browne November 29, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    There goes any hopes of my income tax refund….

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    QEH needs more than an injection of cash.

  4. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte November 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    for who to mis-manage now?

  5. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha November 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    The qeh also needs a compassion injection and a paint job and some new standarized beds ..along with a professionalism course for the nurses and adaptation of new medical procedures….

  6. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis November 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I hope ambulances get strecthers out that

  7. Nelson Darwin
    Nelson Darwin November 29, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Wonder how much of that will got towards new,unnecessary vehicles and other perks for the poor, unrewarded, under appreciated, underpaid, over worked government employees ?

    Note dripping sarcasm.

  8. Les Carr
    Les Carr November 29, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Four gun shot victims arrive at QEH Saturday 29th November around 9.30 pm, as a result those in the waiting area was told that they wait would now be even longer as they now have to deal with these life treating cases. It is not know whether the case were related, At least three arrived by private vehicles and separately Minutes apart.. Blood blood everywhere Bim is Lke the Wild Wild west. God bless Bim on Independence Day.

  9. Brigitte Adams
    Brigitte Adams November 30, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Stop the talk and lets get it done healthcare is nothing to be made to wait.


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