Ministry of Health transitioning to regulator of health services

Health Minister John Boyce has announced that the Ministry of Health is transitioning from the main role of healthcare provider to that of regulator of health services.

Addressing the E.R Walrond Scientific Symposium at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday, Boyce added that the Ministry has been assigning the provision of health care services through partnership agreements with the private sector and non-governmental agencies.

Minister of Health John Boyce
Minister of Health John Boyce

According to him services being provided under this arrangement included long-term geriatric care, substance dependency treatment, diabetic specialist care and cardiac rehabilitative care.

Boyce also commended the work of the researchers, saying “Research is a critical determinant for growth in any institution and especially the health care setting where the emergence of new diseases makes it mandatory for new treatment regimes to be developed.”

He added that there is need for new approaches to treating patients in keeping with “our fast-paced, technologically driven society”, given the changing trends and lifestyles.

According to Boyce, the Ministry of Health will continue to partner with organisers and researchers to allow research to help effectively shape policies and improve efficiencies in the public and private health care system.

He also had high praise for Sir Errol Walrond, in whose honour the symposium was held, for his service to the Barbados Medical Council.

The Minister noted that the Council had transitioned to an almost full-time professional office which “ensures that only the highest internationally accepted practices are applied to the practice of medicine in Barbados”, under the stewardship of Sir Errol, who recently resigned as chairman of the Council.

Boyce also acknowledged the contribution to the Council of the late Vallan Franklin, who passed away last month.

Source: GIS

3 Responses to Ministry of Health transitioning to regulator of health services

  1. Ricardo Sharon
    Ricardo Sharon July 18, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    you lot now talking about the NEW age technology PLEASE 20 years behind

  2. Alex Alleyne July 18, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Does this mean that small person will be billed through their teeth or not seen at all ? .

  3. Alex3 August 3, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Years ago it was said that Barbados had one of the best health systems in the world with doctors trained in England at the best schools and hospitals and a great hospital in the QEH.
    Recent events clearly have shown this not to be the case.
    I have been coming to Barbados since 1980 and have had to use the system infrequently and only for minor things but for sure if hospital was needed it would not be QEH.
    Maybe the private sector can do a better job but the government must take steps to make it affordable and accessible to all Barbadians and not those who can afford to pay for healthcare.


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