Opposition walks out of parliament

Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley was due to address the media at 11 a.m, after leading a walkout of Barbados Labour Party members of parliament  this morning.

The move came at the start of the day’s sitting after House Speaker Michael Carrington rejected an Opposition resolution on the state-owned Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).

The Speaker said, in his estimation, the matter had not reached a requisite standard to be treated as a matter of urgency.

It was then that Mottley led the walk out of Opposition members from the House of Assembly.


56 Responses to Opposition walks out of parliament

  1. Laura Grant
    Laura Grant December 2, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Enough people haven’t died yet due to lack of resources and supplies, so it cannot be treated as a matter of urgency

  2. Leisee Harper
    Leisee Harper December 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

    They have barely enough supplies for emergencies only and yet he can sit there and say it is not yet a matter of urgency? What else needs to happen?

    • Philip Matthews
      Philip Matthews December 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      DEM can get on a plane and go to any hospital out of the government purse any bet

    • Racquel Sprinkles Springer
      Racquel Sprinkles Springer December 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      It’s not them or their loved ones so he can say what he like.

  3. Lisa Parris
    Lisa Parris December 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

    urgency importance requiring swift action.

  4. Nirmala D Rampersaud
    Nirmala D Rampersaud December 2, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Wow!!!!!!!! Do what you have to do Ms Motley, everything for the DLP is is laughing matter

  5. Dre Forde
    Dre Forde December 2, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I hope he fam don’t need that same QEH to help them rabbit like he

  6. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain December 2, 2014 at 11:45 am

    So…the government will wait until it reeeaally get to a matter of urgency to be rushing to get things in place? Smh

  7. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa December 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

    If I had to go to the QEH today I would be worried for my life.

    • Damian Mascoll
      Damian Mascoll December 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      As long as the hospital been opened people have been saying that, yet they go and get well and leave.

      • Rosetta green December 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm

        i quite agree

    • Cumberbatch Sophia
      Cumberbatch Sophia December 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Not all they was a case where a child died in the Accident and Emergency and many others who after waiting for ever went home and died.

  8. Nakita Boyce
    Nakita Boyce December 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    So what is considered a matter of urgency……. Enlighten me please stupes

  9. Frederick Walcott
    Frederick Walcott December 2, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Steupsse…… people need to focus on demands for better representation, in the Parlaiment of Barbados, than such resort to conducting their business on the sidewalk outside and in the press. Steupsse……

  10. Rickie Nurse December 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    That’s the scant respect that this worthless incompetent government have for us.

    We are faced with a national crisis at our major health care facility, the opposition tried to table a resolution to have the matter dealt with expeditiously and the Speaker has the gall to say that in HIS estimation, ( which is the same as his opinion ) it hasn’t reached the standard to be treated as a matter of urgency.

    Now tell me, when a hospital has reach the point where it can no longer treat patients at a competent and comfortable level, because of a lack of medical supplies necessary, how much further does it have to go before it become a matter of urgency.

    If this in it’s self isn’t more reason for us to start demonstrating against this rediculous government, then I don’t know else it will take, maybe the deaths of four to six patients a day that is avoidable will do the trick.

  11. Frederick Walcott
    Frederick Walcott December 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Well said Himmel Klar…… Furthermore, useless opposition cannot translate to competent government. Well, maybe in a million years on another planet.

    • Cumberbatch Sophia
      Cumberbatch Sophia December 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      The government useless too so that mean we in a lot of trouble then .

    • Frederick Walcott
      Frederick Walcott December 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Hahahahaha…… actually the country IS being governed…… well or not well, seems to be no more that the question of politricks rather than the honest analysis of what is or would be “good – better – best; bad – worse – worst; little – less – least; much (many) – more – most”. We have ourselves to blame for carrying selfish or unrealistic expectations of those who are elected to service us.

  12. Carie Apple
    Carie Apple December 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Let me say as a bajan RN in the US and as a stepmother of a Doctor who works in Barbados’s health system this is ridiculous that there is a shortage of essential items needed to provide care .. It’s really a crying shame how things have deteriorated to this. Enough. Poor Bim. The current government is lost and have their priorities set before the people and country they are suppose to serve. What a disgrace.

  13. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley December 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Don’t just walk out do something. Organize a citizens take over.

    Organize all doctors and health workers, all willing people and go and take control of the hospital. Not as a political move, but as a brilliant daughter of the soil who claims to want the best for the citizens of Barbados. Take control and take that Bajan pride off the Coat of Arms and into action.

    It’s time for humanitarianism and to get back on the road to natural cures anyway. Don’t you see all of the side effects that the USFDA has approved are causing.

    Step forward and take control of the Hospital and stop takins advice from the IMF and the World Bank, Monsanto and GMOs. Stay clear of any health insurances suggestions. Many poor would die because of it.

    • Frederick Walcott
      Frederick Walcott December 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Jacinta Lashley, step up as I am sure everybody (except the greedy minority that would be displaced) would vote for you. This is how a nation must rally its forces of good in times of war – societal , economical or otherwise. This is about leadership NOT politics.

    • Jacinta Lashley
      Jacinta Lashley December 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      I am in NYC. Anyone can step up, post posters, make phone calls, etc and organize. Get the entire island into it. If the island can step up and join hands, they can step up and voluntarily donate time at the hospital and other facilities there. By now, with all d tourist $$ coming into that island they should have been four more hospitals all over the island by now. God blessings and guidance

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    • Racquel Sprinkles Springer
      Racquel Sprinkles Springer December 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Agreed. Bajans does just talk but when it comes time to back the talk, no actions. Everybody mute. No one or two persons can’t do this alone. It has to be a unity. The whole nation has to come together. It’s us who will suffer in the long run.

    • Jacinta Lashley
      Jacinta Lashley December 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      That is the gospel truth.

    • Jacinta Lashley
      Jacinta Lashley December 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      The people there have to take control and quickly and DO NOT let the hospital there go into privatization. Depending on USA sinking dollars and other foreign $$ is not the way to go. Maybe some of the ministers can cut their salaries in half if they so LOVE and CARE for the island and the citizens there.

  14. Ramon Maynard
    Ramon Maynard December 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    The DLP continues to cause their own demise. Since it is not urgent, citizens take nothing for granted, brawl the QEH out whenever….take photos, post videos, call in to the radio stations, call in the media….shame this Gov’t, they continue to #shame us nationally, regionally and internationally. They can all afford private health care….so the situation does not affect any one of the DLP Members.

  15. Natasha Adams
    Natasha Adams December 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Can someone tell me where that foreign sounding man that runs the hospital from……..

    • Ol
      Ol'dog Likeme December 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      I stand to be corrected but I think he’s from Tobago

    • Frederick Walcott
      Frederick Walcott December 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      What does this have to do with anything? Ask yourself, where does all the so-called qualified nationals have their heads, hands and hearts?

    • Natasha Adams
      Natasha Adams December 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      I didn’t want to bring his nationality into hot topic BUT…….I think he should go run the Tobago hospital and let a Barbadian do the honors Mr Federick, I’m sure there’s someone on the Board that’s capable of ordering supplies before they run out.

    • Natasha Adams
      Natasha Adams December 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      and this new electronic system can he tell me how much it cost the Hospital before he resign?

    • Frederick Walcott
      Frederick Walcott December 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      To my knowledge, Barbadians were not barred from competing for the job of CEO at the QEH. Perhaps we were all too busy with hiding from real hard work by studying to amass degrees then lecturing. We should be thankful that someone, especially a non-national, has the balls to sacrifice his reputation and financial status for the welfare of such an ungrateful nation of whingers and non-performing experts.

      • Rosetta green December 3, 2014 at 7:53 pm

        Well said

  16. Highly Flavoured Kelalicia
    Highly Flavoured Kelalicia December 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    God please help us the people of Barbados and Father I can,t wait till this rich people government is voted out .Thank you Heavenly Father.

  17. Samantha Trotman
    Samantha Trotman December 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    This is not time too blame each other, but come together as one for the people. They problem is that they are not God fearing no more. They need too start being humble and let God let the way.

    • Rosetta green December 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      More people should come to this conclusion

  18. Ivour Yearwood
    Ivour Yearwood December 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    He grow T T

  19. Ellie Brown
    Ellie Brown December 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Very sad

  20. Sonia Bragg
    Sonia Bragg December 2, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    So what will it take to be seen as a matter of urgency….oh wait it will never be urgent for them as they don’t need to use the service…Stupes

  21. Richard Blair
    Richard Blair December 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    seems u only start too know what goes on in parliament now do yuo remenber Ishmeal Roett? now tell me his history with d DLP

  22. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews December 2, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    it is a shame we have to wait 3 more years under a government we want to walk out on . God help us , where all of our money gone ?

  23. Richard Blair
    Richard Blair December 2, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Mia you like a sugar ant why debate the issue when it was debated only couple of months before you all continue to be clean animals in the house eat and regurgitate i am not down playing not supplying the qeh.

  24. Frederick Walcott
    Frederick Walcott December 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    How can any opposition be described as honorable, even as a smutty joke, when it has such high regard for abandoning the place where the people’s business is meant to be conducted?

  25. Frederick Walcott
    Frederick Walcott December 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I am no heathen but can’t help wondering if this blanket notion of “Let God lead the way” is the same sedative that has given rise (as a nation claiming to be independent) to our gormlessness and “too-far-gone-to-be-treatable” apathy. Gone are the times when nations upon nations did not have to be “too be careful” about spotting the devil in disguise.

  26. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole December 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Whether the people who have commented on this post in favor of the present administration like it or not, my take in this matter is that the present administration does not know what governance is. After the first 5 years of learning by now they should have learned that it takes to run a government. It has not occurred. They have not created an enabling environment for anything. We should therefore not be surprised that they do not even have a the ability to recognize and react to a crisis. If the doctors who work at the hospital recognize this situation as a crisis why can’t the speaker of the house. In his role he should be impartial. This is about the health and well being of the citizens of Barbados. I am hoping that his chickens do not come home to roost.

  27. Baz Moz
    Baz Moz December 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Frederick Walcott your ignorance is only surpassed by your arrogance, when you talk about honourable if you want to use the term “smutty joke” look at how the government has treated the tax paying Bajan people, how insulting are you

  28. ka December 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    DEMS don’t know everything! Pack up your pride, drop it in the deepest ocean and work with the BEES for the best interest of the barbadian people. MC is pompus and needs a reality check.

  29. Shurf De
    Shurf De December 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I am tire of government and opposition….

    • Rosetta green December 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      We are so caught up studying parties we are blinded by the truth of that both parties have fallen short of doing right by this country .

  30. Tiffany Corita Arthur
    Tiffany Corita Arthur December 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Mia right

  31. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post December 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Instead of governing this nation they are sueing its frustrated citizens. …smh. ..& got de guts ta be in a paper talking bout we should be thankful, by thankful they mean quiet

  32. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves December 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    rightttt so make a smart choice and vote for the dlp again

  33. Lauren December 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Ironic that u all now saying about don’t walk out, organize. Do you know how many times Mia has tried to organize and get the people of Barbados to come together and take a stand for various causes affecting this country? Mia does not have to organize, we do! Stop waiting to be led and stop being so complacent and just talking all the time. Get up and do Barbados! The DLP does not act as if it cares about this country or how we feel or what the concerns of the nation are. The PM addresses everybody but the people. If you want to make a change, get up and start doing! Get rid of Dem. They are employed by the people. Set the precedent of accountability.

  34. Sean Moore December 2, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    It’s all just a matter of time.

  35. Sandrene Jordan
    Sandrene Jordan December 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    U like that 4 true cuz,them only wasting the taxes payers money

  36. Randolph Sobers December 2, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Please Mr. PM this is the only place that the poor Barbadian Can go when we are sick. We can’t go to the Big or the Small Apple, we have to remain here so until we can get another one please put some money there and get the QEH back on it’s feet.


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