QEH confirms probe into maternal deaths

The grieving families of two mothers who recently died after giving birth at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) will soon get answers from authorities at the health facility.

In a statement this evening, the QEH disclosed, “a full investigation” was ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the two maternal deaths, which occurred within the last two weeks.

“The Director of Medical Services Anthony Harris will meet with the families of the deceased shortly to apprise them of the status of the investigations, “ the statement said.

Harris and a five-member team which includes the Head of Obstetrics and the Gynaecology Department, the Director of Nursing Services, the Clinical Risk Manager, the Legal Officer and a representative of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners has been conducting the probe.

Last week, Barbados TODAY learnt that the mother of one of the deceased was contemplating legal action against the hospital.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George told journalists at a news conference last Friday that “maternal deaths should not occur,” as he promised that new systems would be put in place to ensure there would not be a repeat.

Health Minister John Boyce empathized with the affected families and assured Barbadians his Ministry would continue to monitor the situation and alert the public if necessary.

The QEH has pledged to release the findings of the investigations to the public as soon as the report is available.

6 Responses to QEH confirms probe into maternal deaths

  1. SSS January 12, 2016 at 5:44 am

    The QEH is living up to its reputation as a hospital to keep far from if you want to live. This is what many believe as they see the horror stories that are the conditions of this once proud institution. Barbados is certainly moving ahead with in its quest to be fully recognized as the Republic of Banana.

  2. Peachesnaddy Brown
    Peachesnaddy Brown January 12, 2016 at 6:25 am

    I was about to say the same thing

  3. Christi-Anne Roach
    Christi-Anne Roach January 12, 2016 at 6:25 am

    What I find strange, why are the names of each person heading each department who will be looking into the matter not been disclosed?

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    Dominna Queeny Gaskin January 12, 2016 at 8:50 am

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  5. Bajan Sebastian
    Bajan Sebastian January 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm


  6. Sandy January 12, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Health attendants i.e doctors and nurses and other health personnel, DO NOT update themselves on new medical technology in order to provide the correct and proper care to their patients. Because you have studied medicine 50 yrs ago, still needs to be constantly updating. They do have any sympathy for human life. People should not die with simple medical problems or operations. People should be treated with dignity and respect and not like animals. Have some empathy for people. You people need courses in CUSTOMER RELATIONS in knowing how to deal with the public and the sick.


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