New hospital to focus on chronic disease management

If Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler gets his way, the proposed new institution to replace the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) would have a new focus.

Sinckler told Parliament Friday afternoon, during the Estimates debate that dealt with health, that while the country needed a new hospital, it should be one tailor-made to respond to the most predominant disease plaguing Barbados.

“Our intervention and response to medicine and medical care has to follow the demographics . . . the social, anthropological and demographic trend of our society. It cannot be that we just say ‘let’s have a new hospital’ because the old one is old. It has to respond to what is happening in society,” Sinckler said.

“So we may need to have a chronic disease prevention and treatment centre.”

Pointing out that a new hospital would cost the country at least US$300 million, Sinckler explained that prevention would save Barbados substantial sums and would ensure people are kept healthier longer.

He also suggested that it made no sense waiting until people got sick to try to find money to finance treating them.

“I think we need to set aside, in the course of this national conversation, a day in the next few months where we can perhaps deal with the issue of financing of health care as a specific item for debate and discourse where every member of the House [of Assembly] is able to come and to make their contribution and perhaps receive contributions from members of the public, not only in the various specialities of the discipline, but also people who would have a general view to contribute to that,” the Minister added. (EJ)

38 Responses to New hospital to focus on chronic disease management

  1. Alex Alleyne March 18, 2017 at 10:43 am

    New “court” new “hospital” ,next it will be about a new “Jail
    cos DODDS is an upgrade PRISON.
    What about paving the roads , having clean running water to all homes. Street lights and proper side walks for road users on foot.

  2. Sherry-ann Mayers
    Sherry-ann Mayers March 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Start at making healthy foods more affordable and citizens earning better salaries to provide the needs to their household to promote healthy living ,mentally ,physically and spiritually.

    • Jennifer March 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      @Sherry-ann Mayers – I can agree with you on this article. There are some others here with good thoughts too. What we need according to MASLOW HIERARCHY of needs is the basic thing call the right foods to keep the populace healthy to prevent entering into the chronic stage of things and the medication stage. I thank my holy god that I cannot tell the last year I had a cold or even taken a tablet. The medication comes with several side effects too which will naturally throw you into a chronic disease state. Read the leaflet in the box, they like cigarettes clearly seen and not hidden.
      I believe that politics is really and truly for the high rollers with the poor somewhere thrown to the side. We should have hopefully figured out by now that politics is like throwing water in the sea for some folks.
      The BIG question on this article is IF AND WHEN. WHAT WE NEED TO SEE IS GROUND BREAKING AND CONTINUING TO BREK least some rams put a stoppage to it.

  3. Sherry-ann Mayers
    Sherry-ann Mayers March 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

    The government money comes from tax payers or borrowing, where else ,surely not their pockets

  4. Peter March 18, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Hey watch out! Elections GOT to be near. The due next DLP leader promised 14,00 new jobs, The uninstalled prime Minister Sinckler promises a New Hospital. Perhaps that new healt care will be patterned after Obama Care and be called Dtbck-care, Paid for by NIS from the contributions they expect from the 14,000 new jobs. will be. Sports and Culture Minister promises a fully refurbished Stadium. Will the Minister of Education come up with a few New Schools, and re-instatement of free Education? Will we be getting 100 new (reconditioned) buses? as the Min. of Transpore is warming up to that. he said that all damages are done by school children who Blackett says will be child abuse ef we punish them. Owen, Donville, Mia and Estwick. Wunna just get DUMPED. as Sanitization Services getting privatized.

  5. Samantha Trotman
    Samantha Trotman March 18, 2017 at 11:09 am

    can’t get the hospital we got running at a 100 and want another one.

  6. Mariam Makeba
    Mariam Makeba March 18, 2017 at 11:09 am

    By the time wunna dun the numbers gine increase, can’t eat properly wid de gine money wunna paying. Can’t get QEH running ain’t know how wunna gine get two work. I hope wunna gine bring in proper medication and not bottom a de line.

  7. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles March 18, 2017 at 11:10 am

    So you got the current one killing people and want us to trust you with a new one?

  8. Roger Nicholls
    Roger Nicholls March 18, 2017 at 11:16 am


  9. Sundiata WorldTraveller Browne
    Sundiata WorldTraveller Browne March 18, 2017 at 11:18 am

    But wait wappen to the new hospital dat was suppose to be in Kingsland? Tax de lotta sweet drinks and make healthy food available. Encourage Barbadians to plant their own food. Wappen to the polyclinics? Decentralize healthcare from the qeh. That old saying is true.. prevention is better than cure. Place emphasis on healthy lifestyles in schools.. I’d go so far to say make it mandatory along with entrepreneurship and innovation.

  10. Patricia Browne
    Patricia Browne March 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

    How long lord ?

  11. Donild Trimp March 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

    @Alex Alleyne: Why is it that positive news depresses you?

    The Minister is coming up with excellent ideas to benefit Barbadians and your only response is to take a jab at him?

    What is it you want the Minister to do?

    I hope it is not to vote me in and then I will tell you what I will do.

    You cannot have it both ways and stop catching at straws.

    • Peter March 18, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Donald Trimp You must got a brain the size of a shrimp. That ain’t no good news. those are electorial lies disguised as promises. Then again you are a DEM liar too.

  12. Kevin Gibson
    Kevin Gibson March 18, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Ban GMO and start testing all foods coming to the Island just like how the EU dose it !

  13. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 18, 2017 at 11:36 am


  14. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 18, 2017 at 11:43 am

    This government don’t have no money, stop trying the fool people. Tjid government run out of idea f or the Economy. Call elect o on stop being selfish.

  15. Honey Greenidge
    Honey Greenidge March 18, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I want you focus on paying ppl tax returns. Just sick of you. Stupes

  16. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 18, 2017 at 11:52 am

    The gods must be angry. Every election cycle DEM promising a new multimillion $ hospital all the while the social services are being downscaled & on the verge of collapse. Whose fault is it that DEM continually labor under the misapprehension that Bajans are fools? Will the wise among us stand up if you’re fed-up with this diatribe.

  17. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies March 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Y not spend d money on QEH & where dis money coming from wunna got more taxes fa we to pay cause last l check government ain’t had no money

  18. hcalndre March 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    @Donild Trimp is this positive news or election untruths? no sending home of workers, no privatization, after they were elected, the NCC took a big hit, the transport, the UWI, to many to recall. I hate to hear that the QEH is old, 50 years? they are hospitals in big cities that are operating since the war days. When the talk about building a new hospital first came up, the cost was estimated at $800m and now 6 or 7 years later it is down to $300m and I don`t know if its US. Chinese or Bajan dollars the MOF is speaking of. Now if you can`t buy gas for a motor cycle, how are you going to gas up an SUV.

    • Donild Trimp March 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      @haalndre: “Now if you can`t buy gas for a motor cycle, how are you going to gas up an SUV”

      If you cannot buy gas for a motor cycle why upgrade to a SUV?

      The moral is, if you cannot afford gas for a motor cycle, why own one?

      Advocate for an efficient public transportation service which can be obtained through PRIVATIZATION.

      • hcalndre March 19, 2017 at 10:48 am

        @Donild Trimp, that`s what I`m saying to you, the QEH has its problems with the lack of many necessary things so now the man is talking about a new institution when they can`t seem to supply QEH with its needs and 6 or 7 years ago they say the cost would $800m and today he gives a figure of $300m, my senses tell me it should be closer to $1B. but he is the MOFalse information.

  19. Ras Unjay
    Ras Unjay March 18, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    This is politics not religion,lol

  20. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell March 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    By the way..what about Four Seasons?

  21. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe March 18, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Push them glasses up … we know you only playing smart

  22. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 18, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I am not going to buy into the nonsense that the QEH cannot be upgraded. Barbados has a set of politicians and business persons that operate in co with each other. Thus, a new hospital would easily fit into the scheme of what has benefited this type of partnership well over the years. Unfortunately, I cannot take the word of any local engineers or so called experts on the need for a new hospital because the old one cannot be upgraded. The island operates in a non transparent non accountable state, where politicians enjoy the fact that they do not have to answer to anyone on the matter of accountable and transparent governance. Bring me someone from over and away with no political connections to Barbados to determine the true state of the QEH after engineering assessments. I am not buying this nonsense one bit.

  23. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 18, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    De Sinkhole still talking! New Focus: GET DEMS OUT

  24. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith March 18, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    So whenever elections are imminent there is chatter of a new hospital. We ain’t brek?

  25. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus March 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I hope the hospital comes cause the biggest chronic disease that want dealing with bout here is de Democratic labour party disease….

  26. jrsmith March 18, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    just new talk = old talk same rubbish different month and new year+ some new talk thrown in about the same time which adds up to the same old rubbish, winners politicians…..

  27. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke March 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Chris I tell ya,you play ya smart,but you are not wise..

  28. Tony Webster March 18, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Lord havus mercy: Donville is “for” charging school kids rampaging on transport pusses; Chris is “for” a new horse-pittal” whichin will be new, and will follow demographics, anthropological antics, pedantics, so plus a good measure of comical-antics and semantics. All other Gorrilliphansts joined in the fun, spewing horse-manure on topics for which they bear no function at all….and muse about all other “hot-button” throw-away isms, and “antics”…. But nada presented as a manifesto, a white paper, a green paper, far less, a manifesto..nutten so.

    My sympathy goes out to the mainstream media, to separate all this gobbley-gook, from “real news”, in order to present a sensible synopsis to the public.

    Pick a card….any card. There are 52 jokers in this pack.

  29. lime juice March 18, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    New hospital my assss where thee hell yuh gun get thee money from. Downgrade after downgrade people frighting to lend wanna money and china can’t give Barbados everything. pack of jokers

  30. Donild Trimp March 18, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    @lime juice: You asked a very cogent question to wit, “where thee hell yuh gun get thee money from”.

    Would’nt your question also apply to any of the other parties seeking to win your vote?

    I would think the current Gov’t would be the one most likely to obtain those funds instead of a new kid on the block coming in and having to start from scratch.

    Think hard about that.

  31. Jennifer March 18, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    You know these politicians must think black people real dim and simple. The 1% safe. I know this people suffer with forgetfulness, but to through in GULLIBLE is just icing on the politics cake. Both of this lot Bee and Dee is nothing but mental fatigue. The assimilation and programming is just too great. We’ve been had. This will now take divine intervention, something like the Egypt land event.

  32. Harry March 19, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Whenever talk about building a new hospital comes up I ruefully smile, spend $300m where will the money come from, at interest rate and under this Country’s present conditions who will lend us ??

    Has any Minister ever considered using the site of the former Barbados General Hospital? there are a number of wall buildings there that could be renovated and the wooden ones demolished and rebuilt for far less than $300m, but then again doing so would mean less opportunity for ahem you know….
    There is also the historic old eye hospital building on Bay surely that could restored and put to some medical use.
    ah i hang my head and weep for my beloved country

  33. jrsmith March 19, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Now see how our politicians is so all our yesterdays.. thinking isn’t there …. Barbados having a single hospital so far we have been lucky , not having disasters as like other countries, thats like having our eggs in one basket.. if we had a disaster…. Hoping this never happen to us and this single hospital is destroyed what would we do …..

    My idea building 2 hospitals at 55 % the seize of the old (QEH)..
    300 millions US dollars, what are they building for that an island ..

    Shaking my head , I worked at a very large hospital in the (UK) for 2 decades and over this period , and addition to the main hospital was built state of the art 6 floors and basement 2 and a half times the size of (QEH) and technology 75 years ahead of (QEH)…. This project was constructed for under 65 millions pounds……….. Really…….


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