UK couple blasts QEH

Management of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) on Saturday said they had not received an official complaint from a UK couple who claimed that the husband nearly died during a ten-day stay at the state-run QEH.

The visitors, David Ramsey and his wife Elizabeth, from Blyth, Northumberland, were on a two-week cruise to the Caribbean when David fell ill.

David and Elizabeth Ramsey (Photo Newcastle Chronicle)

The Newcastle Chronicle reported that he was treated by medics aboard the ship before being taken to the QEH where he was treated for double pneumonia.

According to the newspaper, 48-year-old David spent ten days at the QEH, which his wife claimed was “dirty” and “looked like something from the 1920s”.

“The beds were all dirty and the hospital looked run down. It was just filthy. I’ve never been so scared,” the paper quoted Elizabeth as saying.

David Ramsey spent 10 days at the QEH. (Photo Newcastle Chronicle)

She also reported that her husband was tied to a bed for three days to stop him from falling out and that he had developed sores on his hand, foot and the bottom of his back.

David was discharged on November 30 and returned to the UK four days later. However, the paper said he was still receiving treatment for his injuries, which he claims he sustained at the QEH.

The couple also queried a £19,000 (Bds$47, 686) medical bill for treatment received at the hospital and aboard the ship.

In response to the couple’s claims, state-owned CBC on Saturday quoted that the hospital’s CEO Dr Dexter James as saying the QEH had not yet received a formal complaint on the matter.

Source: Newcastle Chronicle

156 Responses to UK couple blasts QEH

  1. Mikey January 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Hope they are not some of those Insurance scammers !!!

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    • Greta Mighty May 5, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Unfortunately I have to agree with the couple from the UK; the QEH is very dirty and lack the required medications and medical supplies to provide adequate safe care for the patients. Not sure if the medical staff simply do not care or do not have the required knowledge but must say the hospital is responsible for the death of my mother in 2009. In 2009 my mother went to Barbados for a vacation and never returned; she took I’ll on vacation and required hospitalization in the ICU. Now my mother is Barbadian born and loves the country but called to speak with my sister to express her concern and fear that she would be infected and unfortunately not leave the hospital because ” it was not clean” she begged for my sister to come right away. Unfortunately the hospital gave my mother a blood stream infection and then failed to notice the signs or take appropriate action like administer antibiotics. she did not received antibiotics until some 7 hours later; a sure death sentence for septacemia. So the QEH gave my mother a nosocomial infection and then tried to hide all information. It took me 6 moths to get her file to find out the awlful truth. It has been 9 years and I am still very upset, no one deserves to lose a love one in this manner and they have the hospital lie about it. I made multiple complaints in writing but no one listened or even responded, I had to travel to Barbados to obtain the records, no sorry, no response, no nothing. QEH needs to shape up or close their doors forever.

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  2. Peter January 28, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Very sorry to learn of Mr. Ramsey’s sudden illness. Question is He’s still alive isn’t he? All he needs to obtain is a detailed invoice from the QEH and his insurance accounts department can audit it from there. With regard to QEH’s management Dr. Dexter James proves that he is just another political appointee. The QEH is forever begging for funds. A good friend pointed out a way that facility can earn over $12 million per annum to help shore up costs. but James is awaiting political infusion. He’s a doctor NOT a manager. QEH needs correct administration ideas and methods.

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  3. Sue Donym January 28, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    We’ve probably all heard complaints about impolite or otherwise poor service, severe delays and shortages of supplies and equipment at QEH. This is not to say that the visitors have an open and shut case, nor should the hospital administrators be tempted to just dismiss it; patients are less likely to make a fuss if all has gone well. Hopefully an investigation will be thorough and the truth will emerge.

    By the way, if those are photos of the same man, I’d be more concerned that this 48 year old man has bigger problems than the amount of the QEH bill.

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  4. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott January 28, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    He survived ans

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  5. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles January 28, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    It started off sounding like a regular visit to the QSH then turned into bs spewing. Highly doubt the beds of all things in there were dirty

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    • hcalndre January 28, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      I`m not surprise of some of these comments, QEH is the best hospital in the world, especially if it came from the mouth of certain people and when they have a problem its off to NY or Miami. The nineteen thousand pounds probably he had a heart, lungs and kidneys replacement.

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    • hcalndre January 28, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      @Nico HL Beckles, have you ever been a patient at QEH or visited the facility? Or better yet, have you ever been to a hospital outside of barbados in Europe or N. America?

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 29, 2017 at 5:19 am

      Really? Have you ever spent a night in there? Or have someone spent 47 days? Perhaps if you did it will remove your doubts.

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    • Angel Maria
      Angel Maria January 29, 2017 at 6:50 am

      I spent an entire week there. It is not the best hospital in the world; it is not the newest either, but the bed I slept in had cleaned sheets that were changed whenever soiled. Additionally, the bed was made up every day. The nurses who I interacted with were human, some were nice, others were surly, ALL were working hard.
      Lady, you are claiming the QEH killed your husband, and so you readily believe the couples’ claim, but it understand that everyone who has been admitted to the QEH, didn’t have your experience. My condolences on the death of your husband.

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 29, 2017 at 7:28 am

      No I did not say I believe everything those people say but everyone has a right to be heard.

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 29, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Ps. When they had the strike in 2015, I took my own linens which they put old ones and take away my new ones. A & E linens are always clean. Perhaps she is referring to the older linens. She knows what she is talking about. Personally I checked myself out of QEH in 1999 for the RECORD and I never went back there. I was ordered by husband’s doctor to take him there in an emergency. He was not in the island.

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor January 29, 2017 at 8:39 am

      I have personally had bad experiences at the QEH…. In one my heart stop beating etc….. That don’t mean I will put down the hospital at everyturn…. Mistakes have been made and will be made… Scammers will also keep coming out of the woodwork!

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    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed January 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Khati D’Souza at the end of the day no matter how much money yuh got the QEH (in BIM) is the only place to be….my gran had a stroke and after hundreds of dollars in bill at Sandy Crest Dec 31, 2007 they sent her to the QEH because they couldnt handle it……

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    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles January 29, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Khati D’Souza I have stayed on a ward in there already. Also you really using an experience during a strike of all things to describe everyday routines there……brilliant. If she said they gave him the wrong medication or they had to wait eons for help that’s far more believable. When people hve a chip on their shoulder they’ll believe anything. This whole story just magically escalated straight to their bill which they don’t want to pay so they’ll make up any crap. Watch and see another article will appear where more is added

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

      No. It was not just during the strike alone. Do not try to twist my story. Oh and de strike ain got nothing to do with FACTS. I am handicap and i always travel with witness. I do not know the lady i cannot judge her. If she felt offended and talk about her experience, she has a right to be heard.

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 29, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Ps. I am not trying to be brilliant. Can you be logical without being personal in your statements.

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    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles January 29, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Wait did you not start saying “P.S when they had the strike in 2015”? then you time skipped all the way back to the 90s what story twisting?? You didn’t state anything else to twist or people supposed to read your mind?

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    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles January 29, 2017 at 9:52 am

      You jumping all over the place like a minister trying to avoid a subject and want to talk about being logical……riiiggghhhtttttt

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  6. lswiltshire January 28, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    DEXTER JAMES IS DEFINITELY A DOCTOR
    Actually, he is the man whose father came to Jesus and said” LORD HAVE MERCY ON MY SON FOR HE IS A LUNATIC”

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  7. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow January 28, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I read this and it could be a number of hospitals in the U.K.too the QEH is struggling we all read that all the time it is not a private state of the art hospital what exactly is the complaint he was treated and home and yes alive what’s the worry about the bill holiday insurance pays surely.

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    • Polly Gould
      Polly Gould January 29, 2017 at 5:22 am

      We are from England My daughter was in intensive care in QEH and the cost ran into thousands and absolutely no problem for my travel insurance to cover the cost, yes I could have complained about a few issues at QEH , but they saved my daughters life and I am forever grateful

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor January 29, 2017 at 8:22 am

      We are glad your daughter is well and alive @ Polly Gould… Sorry about the inconveniences u experienced at the QEH… But we are also grateful for your forthright honesty…. Hope your daughter continues to be in good health!

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    • Polly Gould
      Polly Gould January 29, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Sharon Taylor thank you xx

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow January 29, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      I meant my comment in a good way I meant it to help the staff that have to care and deal with everything when conditions aren’t perfect xxx

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    • sunshinecanada January 30, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Well said Kay, thankyou, they just dont want to PAY,

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  8. Kirt Jordan
    Kirt Jordan January 28, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    The QEH has issues but never seen dirty beds….

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    • Shana Vanderwolf
      Shana Vanderwolf January 29, 2017 at 10:46 am

      All that happen they just don’t want to pay that bill

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  9. Ricardo Bascombe
    Ricardo Bascombe January 28, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Every person has different experience

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  10. Troy R Stuart
    Troy R Stuart January 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Welcome to Barbados

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  11. Tyrel Prince
    Tyrel Prince January 28, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Never seen a dirty bed in the QEH these people need help should send them to the mad house not the QEH

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  12. Ronnie Warren
    Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    So sorry uncle Albert.

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  13. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar January 28, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    before accepting this story find out about the agreement the Barbados government and the British government have concerning medical treatment of they citizens and then respond

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    • hcalndre January 29, 2017 at 11:35 am

      @Andrea Ceasar, a person fell ill in a another country, do the government of that country call barbados to find out if the person should be taken care or or is that the way its done in barbados. Years ago I was in England and fell ill with an acute appendicitis, was directed to a hospital and within an hour I was in the operating room and spent 12 days there and only information I can remember giving was the name of the Vesel that I was on. The treatment was excellent.

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      • Pat Oliver January 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm

        good for you. I was at Ashton University in 1997 for a Conference. I was on business and was then going to London to meet with DTI. I suffered a broken tooth and was directed to a hospital in Birmingham. The Dentist rather than repairing the tooth, gave me a temp. fix and told me to see my Dentist when I returned to Canada. She probably thought I could not pay. Funny thing I was in travel status with the Cdn. Gov. and was covered by travel and work insurance. This, after waiting for two hours to see the damn dentist.

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  14. Katherine Zettler
    Katherine Zettler January 28, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    all right ..first of all we all know the QEH is awful BUT if he was intubated..it is standard practice to tie his hands so he wont pull the tube out..that is in many countries..and she is lucky the bill was only forty some thousand..if it was in the US it would have been in the hundreds of thousands

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    • Winslow Miller
      Winslow Miller January 29, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Mmmmm I don’t know it’s awful what evidence are you spouting about

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    • Katherine Zettler
      Katherine Zettler January 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

      experience with the Emergency department prehaps?

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    • Winslow Miller
      Winslow Miller January 29, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Oh just wondered but these guys are taking the P his illness wasn’t down to the QEH and his injuries wer’nt down to the QEH as you can see I just think it sucks that they are blaming Barbados for their own misfortune and as we all know English hospitals are just as bad and some if not worse he – they should be thankful that they saved his sorry a*s. Hope your OK now.

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    • Nathalie Aw
      Nathalie Aw January 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      QEH has its challenges. The management are the ones to blame for under funding and mis mmanagment. DO NOT put down the many front line nurses and doctors who work damn hard to do their best. Damn cheek.

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley January 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Winslow Miller But English hospital don’t charge – unless you go private !!

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    • Katherine Zettler
      Katherine Zettler January 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Winslow Miller agree 100%

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  15. Sophia January 28, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Maybe this will get the attention of the P.M, since they are tourist and he’s the man for ‘few’ of the people..I have seen roaches, broken furniture, dirty sheets as a matter of fact no sheets..It is not unpatriotic to expect the best of our Island..

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  16. omc January 28, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    I have had several reasons to visit te QEH recently and in the past, both personal and assisting others. I have found the staff very helpful, professional and ferankly, ‘life-saving’. I thank God for them.

    I know that the staff there work above and beyond the call of duty. I have never seen dirty beds at QEH. I visit patients on a regular basis (religious reasons). I find the claims in this report quite strange.

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  17. Clemkonan January 28, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I would be more concern if the complaint related to the quality medical care I am confident that our people did a good job of diagnosing and treating. Sure would be nice to have all of the bells and whistles but this is Bim we don’t have derived from pillaging the world we were pillaged. The key deliverable is that he survived. Were he here in Brampton , ON he may have died

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  18. Ronnie Warren
    Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Got pneumonia but hand in cask….lol

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  19. Junior Brown
    Junior Brown January 28, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Time somebody do sain but QEH

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  20. Kelly Scantlebury
    Kelly Scantlebury January 29, 2017 at 12:22 am

    First things first who is 48 ? Not that guy for sure secondly crying down our hospital next time take him to the hospital on the ship ‘ if there’s one’

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 29, 2017 at 5:18 am

      So the lady cannot speak of her experience?

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley January 29, 2017 at 8:07 am

      @kelly – do you look so wonderful for your age – before or after so called medical care ?? why be so rude ?

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  21. Jennifer January 29, 2017 at 12:22 am

    The main problem here is this bill. I complain and then you waiver it. Blame your government in the UK either May or Cameron for stopping you from receiving free treatment here. As for the rest, there are many dirty old run down hospitals in the UK too, one such was the ROYAL LONDON HOSPITAL which was rebuilt a couple of years back. Barts and the London, Whipps cross to name a few. Some of the staff unmannerly too and the bed sheets nasty too. In Rome, same thing, Paris same thing. So you can pay your bill and hush. He ain’t dead. Next time go to BAYVIEW Hospital.

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  22. Greengiant January 29, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Quoted from BBC News, London evening Standard in January 2016. ” The National Health Service is in crisis according to the British Red Cross “. “The part privatization of the Ambulance service is in shambles, doctors and other personnel are working long hours under stress “.

    He would have stayed on a private ward more than likely, so it will neither free or cheap. No dirty beds or linen for sure. I spent about two weeks in ICU, before being transferred to a ward. Beds clean, meals quality very high, staff great. These people should be thankful he’s alive. Can’t swallow this one, the duty officer from the British consulate would have been in touch with then to assure they were well handled

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  23. Hewers of wood January 29, 2017 at 12:39 am

    This man must have other medical problems too. He look like 68 not 48.

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  24. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite January 29, 2017 at 12:54 am

    48.?????

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  25. Olivia Thornhill
    Olivia Thornhill January 29, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Ah bet wonna the government Gine do all in their power to make this issue right fah this couple but we de ppl of Barbados our issues with the QEH does get kick through the door. Just saying

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  26. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock January 29, 2017 at 2:54 am

    We would have to show you bills for medical attention here!

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  27. L King January 29, 2017 at 3:02 am

    If he didn’t take out travel insurance then he IS responsible to pay the bill – thats how it works.

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  28. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed January 29, 2017 at 4:11 am

    So the QEH saved your life your are saying??? If you are only 48 and look so old then something else is wrong with you… Lastly $48 g’s for a 2 week stay is cheap…. They should have flown you to Miami so your bill would have been $250000….be glad you are alive to speak…. Ungrateful person!!!!

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 29, 2017 at 5:17 am

      So telling the TRUTH and paying for it is being ungrateful?

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    • Cecilia Millar
      Cecilia Millar January 29, 2017 at 6:50 am

      They are ungreatful and telling the truth about what ?? Should be glad he’s alive stop aiding people in pulling out hospital down should’ve flown him back to the UK die on the plane

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 29, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Thats kinda racists from your mouth lady. Had it been a black couple would you wish death on them? She spoke of her experience. It is up to those responsible for the institution to investigate.

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 29, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Sweetgirl at de end of de day lemme tell you sain….. i saw my husband’s sheets dirty thats why i took my own linens. Got two sets lost and den somebody towel was used on him before he got the allergy den bed sores and dead a week later

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley January 29, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Cecilia Millar How would you feel if someone made such an ignorant racist remark to you or one of your family, people like you are a prime example of what’s dragging Barbados down, your family must be so proud of you

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor January 29, 2017 at 8:17 am

      D QEH never put anyone on a dirty sheet…. Now if wunna talking about getting wunna laundry changed cause wunna dirty it up d same day, error! When ppl complain and their whole complaint appears truthful I am there for those ppl a hundred percent…. But we all know humans are always looking for the next scam and the next big pay day….

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    • Kearn Williams
      Kearn Williams January 29, 2017 at 8:23 am

      D mf should be in casualty all now

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 29, 2017 at 9:04 am

      I looking for JUSTICE in my case. Thank you.

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    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed January 29, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Khati D’Souza right now its an accusation ….the hospital aint has its challenges but dirty???

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    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed January 29, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Khati D’Souza i had some instances with the QEH with my grandmother and i bought her stuff to.

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    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed January 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Lbar

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    • Steve Mrstandrew Murray
      Steve Mrstandrew Murray January 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Same Damnn thing I was saying,he can’t be 48 yrs old man but tht God u have life Na man…

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  29. Alexis Paul
    Alexis Paul January 29, 2017 at 4:26 am

    first of all if the prime minister did take the seven million dollars to repair the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to mark the 50th anniversary all this shit would not happen . serious though when you go Queen Elizabeth Hospital toilets not working .ceiling tiles missing some damp and stain from rain water or air conditioner mildew build up the blocks facing the river terminal want cleaning all the windows on that same side want changing people should not have to actually stand up while waiting to visit not enough benches or chairs to sit . toilets not working not enough light around the building and so much to mention wow all these thing the ministry needs to look in

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  30. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza January 29, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Dexter James : But you got my complaint Sir of when your junior doctor gave my husband an overload of drugs when caused him to get a massive stroke before my eyes which took his ability to eat as he scream out his life before my eyes but fought 47 days until he failed as he could no longer eat normal but through a tube. Had he been a weak man, he would not have fought for his life that long. Ironically a prescription was written with a drug he was allergic to. A week before he died he had rashes all over as they said he had an allergy. Was it the wrong med again he was allergic to? Somebody nasty towel when I encountered at the bedside as I took fresh linens everyday? Or was it on purpose of the UK national who after my life that one text to him indicating my husband was being watched and i take pic everyday which he is so powerful or his connections are that a nurse can come the next day and tell me to do not take pictures!!! Dexter James, I gave enough time. BARBADOS YOU ARE ABOUT TO HEAR MY STORY!!!! wherby the media houses were bought when this man tried to kidnap me and the police chief cover it up. They cannot stop me from telling the world. Enough!!! My husband didnt survive and yes there are NASTY practices at QEH. If that woman do not talk NOBODY WILL KNOW. And yes lady you should be happy he went back home alive. My husband did not.

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    • Angel Maria
      Angel Maria January 29, 2017 at 6:44 am

      ………..

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley January 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      My heart goes out to you Khati D’Souza – sadly the ignorance of so many bajans will continue – until it happens to someone close to them, then all hell will break loose. Sadly this headline will bring out the racists, yet if this was a Bajan complaining there would be so many different comments. You only have to see the nasty comments regarding this guys age ! like most a smile takes off years, maybe he feels he doesn’t have a lot to smile about right now !

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    • Kirsty McDonald
      Kirsty McDonald January 29, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      My husband was admitted into the QEH last Septemeber 2016 it was horrendous and as for saving his life when he suffered 4 TIA’s / mini strokes over 6 hours. 2 were watched over by a Doctor. I am telling you I believe your story. After 30 hours on a dirty trolley with a sheet of paper and a crappy cotton sheet where fresh and old blood and urine. Yes Urine I saw another man urinate himself and it stayed on the floor.
      The staff treat people with utter unkindness.
      Really if something was to happen again I woukd fight not to go there.
      I feel sorry for this couple all the abuse they are receiving because they are talking the truth and anyone who has been in there knows it. It is nothing to do with being white or nationality because I saw good elderly Bajan people being left with no dignity it was horrific.
      I would have taken video’s and photos had i not been so stressed about my husband.
      Instaed of abusing people that complain pressure the managers of the QEH to sort it out.

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    • Daniel DCunha
      Daniel DCunha January 29, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      Ms.D’Souza got alot she is dealing with. The document i read sent by her to Dexter James indicated the gave the poor man valium and the drug he was allergic to then give him the overload. They left her alone with him there. Can you imagine the mental scars she has to live with watching an induced stroke on her husband, his eye balls bulged, his head fell to one side and he had loose stool and urine. Khati got to watch all that and the horror of knowing that was the last time he would eat. She got the heart wrenching task of holding his hands and seeing the scare in his eyes and that is something she will have to live with forever. I can say much more because i read the document but sadly she paid for a medical report and she did not recieve it after 6 weeks of being pushed around. She was never called the hour of her husband’s death 47 days later. That was her only family.

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  31. Polly January 29, 2017 at 5:16 am

    My daughter was in intensive care in QEH she was on her death bed , we are from England, my first experience was that it took her along time to be taken in to intensive care and in that precious time of her lying on a hospital bed in a corridor with no body giving us attention and I had to leave her to go and sign forms , this was my most scariest moment , just diagnosed type 1 diabetic and ketones to a high level and internal organs shutting down , that time of waiting in a corridor was hell and that part could have been changed but you know what the doctors and nurses saved her life & I will be forever grateful to QEH , yes the beds are rusty , birds fly around the ward , I had to sleep on a broken chair besides her for nights on end ,but at the end of the day they saved her life and I am forever grateful .

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  32. jrsmith January 29, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Blame our politicians , for everything which is wrong in barbados…. The real problem in Barbados if it doesn’t effect the politicians they family and friend and friends, its like it or lump it….our politicians dont care things in Barbados should be 100% better……. we have a tin pot government ……

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  33. RoxyBerrie AnneMarie
    RoxyBerrie AnneMarie January 29, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I’ve never seen a dirty bed in the QEH. We all know the QEH has it’s issues, but it’s not that dirty, or should I say, I spent 2 weeks on the maternity ward for bed rest and my time was good. Only thing I would complain about is the food

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    • Rasta Gilkes
      Rasta Gilkes January 29, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Notice what ward u said, QEH is need nasty and needs some serious work done instead of the government spending that find of money on independence them should have fix the hospital r roads

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    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles January 29, 2017 at 9:47 am

      I was on a B ward and my only problem was the food

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  34. Cecilia Millar
    Cecilia Millar January 29, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Look at their faces don’t they look crazy?? WEB might have it’s issues but never see a dirty bed yet they should’ve gone to the mental crazy idiots

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  35. Carlitha Andrews
    Carlitha Andrews January 29, 2017 at 6:45 am

    They should have left the ungrateful dog to die

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  36. Cecilia Millar
    Cecilia Millar January 29, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Said he’s 47??? Looks 90 smh

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley January 29, 2017 at 8:10 am

      I dare say if he was black you wouldn’t be making that comment, I guess people think you look good for 70

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    • Cecilia Millar
      Cecilia Millar January 29, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Black or white makes no difference to me fact remains he don’t look the age and you people always coming with race thing what is said is said

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    • sunshinecanada January 30, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      you have to read between lines, its 84 not 48

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  37. Cecilia Millar
    Cecilia Millar January 29, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Well said ziggy

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  38. Hewers of wood January 29, 2017 at 6:48 am

    @Polly – Can you be an activist to get YOUR QUEEN TO GIVE US SOME OF THAT OLD MONEY IN REPARATIONS FOR SLAVERY so that we can get some of our problems resolved???????

    Watch they don’t put in a LAWSUIT. These people can be real SLICK and can tell a lot of lies to get sympathy and evade payment.

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  39. olivia January 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

    They should thank the hospital, pay the bill and then give a donation towards the upkeep of the hospital.

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  40. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

    I think is the bill that they are running from. They don’t want to pay the bill so that is why they saying these things about the Hospital .Bag of tricks .He is not the first Tourist to stayed at the Hospital.He is ungrateful, He should be thanking the Hospital for saving his life.I can’t believe that he is 48, he looks like 75.

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  41. olivia January 29, 2017 at 6:59 am

    They should thank the hospital, pay the bill and then give a donation towards the upkeep of the hospital.

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  42. Valencia Hinds
    Valencia Hinds January 29, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Forty who???? Bayview is much nicer so is Sandy Crest.

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  43. Cherie Taylor January 29, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Wow! There are some of us who are so very quick to tear down the local institutions on mere allegations. Where is the proof regarding all of this? I have had my experiences with the QEH and it may not have the shiny hospital beds but the place is clean. The Doctors and nurses do an excellent job for the most part. Some of them may be a bit short at times but who isn’t especially in cases where daily you have to face people suffering medically. It can get to you. I have received medical care in the first world and the truth is their equipment was a bit shinier but there was no fundamental difference regarding patient care. I had to wait a long time before receiving treatment but I understand that even though my situation was distressing that I could only see my side of the picture and therefore had to leave it up to the professional to determine which situations were more crucial and should be prioritized. These hospitals are highly rated too.

    I am not saying that this is the case with these two persons but we need to wake up and also understand that there are also instances when visitors to these shores seek to take advantage of the hospitality offered here. For many years this country has extended medical care free of charge to Barbadians, illegal immigrants and visitors alike which is commendable. It cannot continue to do so and that amount quoted does not seem unreasonable for the time he stayed. As stated in one of the responses this sum would have been greater in what is described as a first world country. I trust that they are not seeking to shirk bill payment since this often happens as well and especially in
    the hotel industry. Persons get the benefit, enjoy it and then complain.

    Finally, kindly understand that as Barbadians you also have to take responsibility for your state of affairs. Politicians can be criticized for their inability or shortcomings but the responsibility of this beautiful country does not rest solely on them. Do realize that when individuals deliberately harm each other or place themselves in situations where they make themselves or others vulnerable to sickness and disease this places lots of pressure on the system. For example, if A shoots B and B goes to the hospital there is a cost to that..not only that some poor soul who was waiting in line may be pushed down the list as the medical fallout from such an injury may require that it be prioritized. Another example is if you allow mosquitoes to breed around your home or business and you, maybe your household and neighbours get infected with some illness that requires hospitalization…don’t you think that there is a cost to this. I urge you not to allow the fact that because Barbadians have benefitted from “free” health care that it does not cost anything. On the contrary medicines, equipment etc are tremendously expensive. My own hospital bills overseas included the very cotton wool and gauze…every piece counted. Taxation allows you to benefit but
    understand that in these years of “famine” you are still to be prudent…making the best of what you have…Please respond to the needs that you see…yes criticize constructively if you have to but have the whole picture before you do and you know what…get your people together to volunteer at the hospital..assist the charities if you cannot do it yourself. After all there must be meaning to the motto “pride” and “industry”. To have that pride in the Hospital don’t sit back but do what you can to make it better than you think it is.

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  44. Margaret Bascombe
    Margaret Bascombe January 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Been there never seen no dirty beds,he is alive thank God for the blessings.

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  45. Baja girl January 29, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Have never seen dirty beds at QEH as patient or a visitor. How every tell them let the Queen to whom the QEH is named after we need an upgrade and monies since we are little England

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  46. Loretta Griffith January 29, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I wonder what all those persons who allegedly raped this country of funds are saying and feeling when persons talk about our run down state. They should all be hanging their heads in shame. I mean all those who got rich on the backs of taxpayers.
    I am of the view this country should never be in the state it’s in, had persons not been greedy.
    Mind you, I am not in any way agreeing with the story painted. I, too, have my doubts even though sympathetic to their cause.

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  47. Jennifer January 29, 2017 at 7:54 am

    No where in this article does it say THIS COUPLE HAS INSURANCE. They are querying the bill on the ship too. Why did they not complain to the MATRON OR CONSULTANT during the time of care so that things can be rectified? I hope this bill is not wavered, you know how some black people can COON AND BOW to these white people.

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  48. Stacey Bartlett
    Stacey Bartlett January 29, 2017 at 7:55 am

    It takes tourists for this hospital to be put on blast. This is for all to improve services for all Bajan citizens to get proper care. The flipping doctors need to show up to work staff need manners and do the job right the first time and stop being so lax. Talk done.

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  49. Angel January 29, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Omg why all the insults towards these people? Stop it, it isn’t needed. Everyone have a right to their opinion. I to stayed at the QEH and the hospital is in need of repair the doctors are all tired looking and some even speak to you ruff. They are birds sharing the room with you and in there smells. We Bajans insults people for speaking their mind.

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  50. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan January 29, 2017 at 8:06 am

    No good turn goes unpunished…..

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  51. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa January 29, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Go Back home you ungrateful so and so if it was not for out QEH he would have died 1920 or not.

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  52. Karin Blundell January 29, 2017 at 8:23 am

    If this man has insurance – his insurance should pay for his stay in the Barbados hospital. And if he did have insurance he could have made a request for transfer to private care. However insurance companies get “sticky” about paying if a client does not declare pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, circulatory or pulmonary problems when applying for insurance.

    Hope he is better but he should not blame the hospital in Barbados until a medical audit is carried out.

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  53. Richard Barnes January 29, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Did this guy have insurance? Maybe if he did not they see this as a way to avoid paying. Double pneumonia. Lucky to still be alive and should be thanking the Hospital not slagging them off.

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  54. Felicia corbin January 29, 2017 at 8:33 am

    H Caindre. I don’t know where in the world you would get a heart, lung, and kidney transplant for that money. my friend had a liver transplant about 7 years ago in US the cost US 2.5 million. my brother just spent four days on a public ward the beds and sheets were clean and private wards where you pay is always clean..I think the problen here is the money. As some of you know up to last year that would have been free as long as it was an emergency and from a commonwealth country but that agreement has been cancelled
    ..

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    • hcalndre January 29, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Falicia Corbin, I know what the cost of a single organ could be but when I saw the cost that was almost 2000 pounds a day, you know the room that he stood in should been fit for royalty. Is that what the bill joe public would have to pay for staying there for 10 days or its because he`s white? I know that they want to build a new hospital so at least 2000 pounds is a start. Whose name is going to be on the facility.

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  55. Suzanne De La Rue
    Suzanne De La Rue January 29, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Surly they should be grateful they received treatment. Secondly their insurance should cover medical bills. Hospitals in the UK are not all that either, if he got mrsa or some “dirt” related illness then complain otherwise try thanking the qeh staff and think they were visitors… taking a bed up! Ugh hate moaners… want to go places then complain…. crikey what if they had gone on a safari in deepest Africa ha ha

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  56. Jennifer January 29, 2017 at 8:48 am

    @Cecilia Millar – Well said. TRUTH IS THE NEW HATE SPEECH. They are the ones who started with this RACE $hyte and when the truth is spoken they always pull it to muzzle you. Only people with an INFERIORITY COMPLEX would have a problem with another race.

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  57. sunshine January 29, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I’ve been to the QEH a couple times and yes the wait is really long. But the beds are cleaned after every patient and the linens are changesud regularly. The beds may be a little rusty but the nurses and doctors are quite professional.

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  58. Hewers of wood January 29, 2017 at 9:02 am

    He must be an OLD RUM BIBBER and smoker.

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  59. Camille Heaven Sent
    Camille Heaven Sent January 29, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I am at a loss ,you come to dis qeh talking about 1920’s,your husband is alive and well, complaining about sheets are dirty which I highly doubt, you should’ve gone to bay view then in this case,I don’t get you at all!

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  60. Sheron Inniss January 29, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I can’t claim to love the QEH but there were no dirty sheets during my stay. When I have visited friends and relatives I did not see any either.

    I must admit that the hospitals I visited in Boston and FLL look like hotels but are extremely pricey.

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  61. Jennifer January 29, 2017 at 9:22 am

    @Sharon Woolley – Whites started this race and segregation thing first, robbing, raping, pillaging and enslavement. This is why many people will be running for their lives soon in the USA too in the race war that is coming. What is pulling down barbados is the fact that blacks are in the Majority with minority wealth with some coconut coons at the helm who are only looking out for the minorities and their own purses. Get use to the race thing cause the war is coming. WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF BLACKS as the tables are turned.

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  62. Addison St. John January 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I’m honestly appalled at this article from Mr. Ramsay’s wife. I personally played a role in his care and without divulging patient details I will say that I am surprised that after bringing this gentleman back to health considering his prognosis when he came from the cruiseship, an article of this slanderous nature has been written. The truth will come to light eventually and I bid Mr Ramsay and his wife all the best in the future.

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    • harry turnover January 29, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      I am glad that you have come out and exposed this scam.I too recognized some dramatisation in their story. It seems that the REAL problem IS THEIR BILL so they added some lies among some truths in an effort to gain sympathy and some Bajans once again fell hook,line and sinker for it just like for those GRENADIANS and their story sometime back
      PM MITCHEL ….you expected a report from Bdos about 3 weekends ago…have you sent an OFFICIAL REQUEST ?and did you get the report ?

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  63. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith January 29, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Looking at this couple wuuna telling lies on he man u aint sure he is 48 by 2 the QEH bad but i think them looking to get away from d payiny lol

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  64. Ling Ling Charles
    Ling Ling Charles January 29, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Mel Gedeon

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  65. Shana Vanderwolf
    Shana Vanderwolf January 29, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Just don’t want to pay that money

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  66. Hal Austin January 29, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Two things,
    First, the hospital is dirty and looks like the pits. The manager should be fired. Second, these people should have been forced to get out their credit cards before being treated or the cruise ship should have paid for them in advance.
    Do not treat these people then try to invoice them. That is the economics of lunacy.

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  67. Hewers of wood January 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

    @Hal – The credit card has a limit and you can’t be billed before the treatment is over. So they should present their CARDS or method of payment before leaving the hospital. I bet the hospital does not recover a cent or a pound. When the UK government made that decision to stop the free medical treatment, they probably taught that their people would not get sick down here. We need to do like other countries and get militant.

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  68. Angela Murphy
    Angela Murphy January 29, 2017 at 11:47 am

    They talking about our hospital, my father lived in england and had prostate cancer was in the hospital there and when my sister and I went to see him he hadn’t been bathe for the day and all the stool was in his buttocks and the bed was nasty and we had to complain tty o the matron of the hospital I saw petson who were not well treated and they always try to get ive impression that here is so awful and yet we save his life

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  69. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson January 29, 2017 at 11:55 am

    look real old for 48 tho

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  70. Karen Sobers
    Karen Sobers January 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Man listen every hospital have their own issues. American aint easy neither. Like come on at least u alive

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  71. Mack January 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    This look to me as a way to escape paying the Hospital bills. Why have him stay in a place you think was dirty and the services were poor for ten days. When you could have moved him to a private Hospital? Barbados have Private hospitals. This complaint needs Investigating.

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  72. Brewster January 29, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    At the end of the day, the man is alive and yes there are probably issues at the hospital. I was tied down in a bed for an emergency c-section in Italy! This is a world-wide problem. The UK itself has issues at the moment. If you take sick on a cruise ship and are admitted for days in hospital and it is not covered on their insurance cover they as Brits know that they have to pay. Sound like scammers to me. From the photo in bed can’t see this supposed filth. If she took that photo she should be able to prove it. The question is: did the patient risk his life?

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  73. Destiny Tina Weekes
    Destiny Tina Weekes January 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Some of them back home hospital is dirty she no what she saw I was in hospital in svg and it was dirty and nasty

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  74. Valdene Lucas
    Valdene Lucas January 29, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    No way in hell he is 48 looks like 60 to me just saying..

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  75. Mhizz Kelly P Forde
    Mhizz Kelly P Forde January 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you . Some these ppl are very fraudulent and always looking for money. Some these ppl never cease to amaze me !!!

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  76. Barbadian January 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    People have different experiences which some may have complaints but to want to include expenses from to cruise to he QEH is more than unethical. They paid for a cruise he so happen to get sick that has nothing to do with the QEH. As gas as the other costs from the hospital in London or which ever part of the UK had to be justified. I personally have been to the hospital to visit family members. They didn’t complain of being tied to a bed. We don’t know how he was behaving, we don’t know the reason for him being tied to the bed IF he really was. I don’t see how that could have his hand in a cast either but these or my opinion. Athe the end of the day they have to justify those charges and that would determine the result of the case if a case is made.

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  77. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield January 29, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    If he is 48 my mother is 12. Though the wait is long and we have issues like anyone else we get treated . I have never seen a dirty bed at the QEH. These scam artist need to pay that measley bill .I hope the government don’t give them a blind cent .The must be hear the government print money so we have loads to give away

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  78. Reen Bean January 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I have spent time at the QEH. Never have I seen dirty bed linen (sheets). The bed frames may be rusty.. nothing a little paint cant fix. Waiting may be lengthy at time. Patient care by the nurses .. excellent . Thank God Im out after my operation and doing fine. Well done nurses. Continue the good work!

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  79. Liz Deane
    Liz Deane January 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    He is very lucky to survive double pneumonia, hospital may not be the best, but they should thanks the Drs and the QEH.

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  80. Melissa Aspirations Christophis
    Melissa Aspirations Christophis January 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I’m British born live in Britain now lived in bim for 10 years.
    Had my firstborn there !
    Qeh was clean. The child was well looked after I had pre eclampsia he came out safely I thought they were really good these people look like scam artists to me !

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  81. A Boyce January 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I have never seen dirty linen at the Queen Elizabeth hospital at no time on my numerous visits. The Barbados/UK heath agreement was cancelled in October 2016, therefore if a Bajan should fall sick in the UK, he/she has to pay as well. I hope that these allegations will be thoroughly investigated as soon as possible our hospital is superior to some of those I have visited in the UK.

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  82. Natasha Faith
    Natasha Faith January 29, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Both should be thankful, and give thanks that he’s OK. And wait who’s 48…..u mean 84.

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  83. Daniel Zimmerli
    Daniel Zimmerli January 29, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    He looks like he dead already…. stay in the UK and stop talking bull…. just looking for insurance money…..

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  84. buck January 29, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I have never read so much racism being written towards someone who spoke out of his treatment. We must all realised that Barbados depends on tourism and this doesn’t goes down well with foreign visitors.
    Have you ever considered it must be raining at the time he was admitted into hospital and its implications.

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  85. Helen Juanita Lynch January 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I wonder if the patient was not in generally poor health, even before the “double pneumonia” According to his wife he came to the hospital already severely ill and was immediately admitted to the intensive care unit. Providing intensive care is not cheap. It seems to me that the QEH saved his life.

    If the wife was so dissatisfied with the care at the QEH she had the option of having transferred to a private hospital; or paying for an air ambulance to take him back to the U.K.

    That said I was in the QEH for surgery in 2014. I was in for a total of about 16 hours and I got 2 sets of clean sheets in that 16 hour period. And the care by the doctors, nurses, orderlies and administrative staff was excellent.

    And yes I was on a public ward. And yes I have spent a few days in a Canadian hospital too.

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  86. Jennifer Holder
    Jennifer Holder January 29, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    He cant be 48…

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  87. harry turnover January 29, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    David and Elizabeth…wunna BITING the hand that save ya ? and you hand in a sling ? wunna en see the coincidence ? bad luck gine follow wunna to wunna grave.

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  88. Mikey January 29, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    The QEH equivalent to long waiting hours in the A&E Department, shortage of Beds etc., but dirty linens ??? Maybe some rusty beds, but how about the medical care etc???
    Man, some of those people who “cruise the Caribbean” are well known for scamming Insurance Companies in their home-countries for lost personal effects/jewellry etc., injuries and accidents in order to recoup some MONEY.
    Good thing he exited the QEH ALIVE after such sickness, compliments Doctors, Nurses and other staff.
    Finally, He is lucky that the Port of call was Barbados and NOT Trinidad,Guyana or Haiti !!!

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  89. Hewers of wood January 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I would bet any amount of money that he left the UK sick too.

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  90. Lloyd Lewis
    Lloyd Lewis January 30, 2017 at 12:41 am

    All i would say is if u do ya dam and if ya dont ya still dam.

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  91. Sonia T Phillips
    Sonia T Phillips January 30, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Those people exasagarting don’t mind them

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  92. Errol January 30, 2017 at 5:42 am

    This should highlight to this British couple the clear need for their government and the many others that have benefitted from the free slave labor that the time is now for reparations. They should recognize the disparity in service and supplies and make a case to their government that with limited resources the life was however saved.

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  93. Tony Waterman January 30, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Winnepeg, Canada, Sept 2008, Brian Sinclair’s Diels Whilst waiting yo be attended to in a Hospital Waiting Room, he was there for 34 Hours, went they attended to him Rigor Mortis was setting in.

    Ontario. Canada, 2016,
    Laura Hillier, 18, died after waiting for a bone marrow transplant during a hospital bed shortage in Canada, despite having willing donors available
    An Ontario hospital said it could only do five transplants a month and there were about 30 people who were waiting to have the procedure done
    At her funeral, friends and family signed her casket with loving messages
    The Hillier family is now fighting in Laura’s memory to end ‘deadly’ wait times for hospital beds in Canada.

    Delawre USA 2012.
    On June 26 Melvin Dillard called 911 complaining of chest pains and was rushed to hospital.

    After running tests, doctors dismissed Dillard that same day. But the 38-year-old never made it home.

    The following day he was found dead, sitting in a chair in the hospital’s ER waiting room. Rigor mortis – the stiffening of muscles after death – had already set in.

    Mot saying that the QEH is the State of the Art Hospital that some seem to think it is, but, but these three examples of what can and does happen, makes what happens at the QEH, pales in Comparison.

    AS for the CEODr. Dexter James, i am all for Getting rid of him, he has NO Hospital management Skills, that is Probably why he is not working at any of the Hospitals in his Native T&T.

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  94. freeagent January 30, 2017 at 7:01 am

    People from all over the world have been treated at the QEH and, yes, there are some concerns but nothing like that of this couple. They can say that they do not have the money to settle the bill but do not give our hospital that reputation. I read the UK papers everyday and patients say the same thing about the hospitals and the treatment that they receive in Britain.
    We thank God for the QEH which has saved many many lives

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  95. Lenora January 30, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Awkward

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  96. Jennifer January 30, 2017 at 7:49 am

    @freeagent – well said. hahahahahah

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  97. erasmus black January 30, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Ten days is a long time to conclude that the hospital was filthy…you should have taken him out of there the next day. Life flight him back to whereever both of you came from.

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  98. Sam Clarke January 30, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Barbados, it is time to stop treating the QEH as a joke, and deal with this serious health crisis that is called the QEH.
    This place need to be demolish as it is a clear a present danger to the country.
    All long talk year after year about a new facility. IT IS TIME TO BUILD THE BLASTED NEW HOSPITAL, DON’T THESE FOLKS UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF DELVERING HEALTH CARE IN BARBADOS?

    THIS BUNCH OF INCOMPETANTS JUST DOES NOT GET IT.

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  99. jrsmith January 30, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Why cant some one a representative of this hospital , make a comment to put this all to rest , I have visited this hospital way back in the eighties , nothing to write home about ..
    But as like everything else in Barbados , badly manage thats the problem, (blame the politicians)………

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