Deal with it!


Barbadians are essentially being told to grin and bear the challenges associated with the island’s healthcare system.

Director of the Urban Development Commission (UDC) Derek Alleyne made that suggestion today as he contended that just as generations before had sacrificed, Barbadians today may now have to “suck salt” for others to come.

Speaking after the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate for St Thomas Dr Rolerick Hinds delivered the weekly Astor B Watts lunchtime lecture at the party’s headquarters today, Alleyne said despite the challenges, Barbadians were faring far better now than they were two to five decades ago.

“Small states like Barbados, we collectively contribute so that the less able can survive, and anytime we want to change that we are no longer the democratic socialist country that we have been for all our lives.

“Our parents and grandparents sacrificed much to provide the environment that we live in. We have to accept that things will get difficult now, but 25 to 50 years ago things were worse, and they took less to make sure we have what we have now. We have to learn sometimes to suck a little salt so that the ones that come after us don’t have to suck nipples and so on,” he argued.

While stressing that he was not “knocking young people”, Alleyne said many of them do not understand what real hardship is.

“[They] don’t know what it is to not have shoes, to go school without underwear, to go school barefoot and not to have lunch. They don’t know those things, and we have – every now and again – to tell them we don’t want them to go back to that level but they have to learn in life that sometimes it is going to get tough and you have to learn to live with the tough times.”

Health care, he said, is “the principle [challenge] we have to learn to live with”.

Alleyne’s comments followed a presentation by DLP candidate for St Thomas Dr Rolerick Hinds who spoke about the advances made in health care in Barbados over the years.

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, joining the discussion, said while some countries offer a higher standard of health care that was free, that was possible because citizens were paying higher taxes.

“Their level of taxation is a lot more than Barbadians would really want to be paying at this time,” she said. “We want to pay US taxes and get Scandinavian healthcare; that is exactly it.”

Dr Hinds had earlier praised the state of health care in Barbados, saying that he was satisfied the country continued to punch above its weight in that area, given the number of new and improved pieces of equipment being used at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and the various polyclinics across the island.

“Our hospital is a public hospital, yet you get a pretty high quality of care. Some of these hospitals [around the world] are paying hospitals and they [patients] still share [rooms],” the medical doctor said.

Pointing out that various studies have ranked Barbados among the top 50 countries when it came to quality of health care, Hinds said too often people complained about various hiccups in the health care system without realizing how good they had it.

He noted that the QEH’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department – where patients sometimes wait “for 10 or 12 hours” to get attention – was the target of much criticism.

However, Dr Hinds said, critics did not take into account that more urgent cases, including shooting victims, had to take priority.

“But in terms of what we deliver for health care in Barbados, we are on par with First World countries,” he insisted, while pointing out that the country had done so well there was interest in using it “as a health tourism outlet”. (MM)

23 Responses to Deal with it!

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine May 27, 2017 at 4:14 am

    I would like to know what type of callous juice you had before you made this presentation. Just because you are a blind DLP supporter given a big up position does not mean that you have to execute the same type of mean as your disrespectful bosses. Do you not have a soul, a conscience, a care, a feel bad for those who cannot earn the type of money you are earning under you nice little big up title? It would be interesting to know your definition of fairing and better of, and what is the hardship. I wonder if it is the same ‘fairing’, as you are enjoying right now, that you can easily say Barbadians must bear the grin and challenges. You really believe that the old people sacrifice and toil hard for their children and their children’s’ children to go back through what they try to ensure they would not have to go through? Your piss poor self-praising bunch of vagabonds is the reason why bajans sucking salt and you, a DLP lapdog, want them to suck up more salt. You certainly do not have a care in the world now do you?

  2. fedup May 27, 2017 at 6:13 am


  3. Zena May 27, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Derek Alleyne you speak exactly the way you look.

  4. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley May 27, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Is this idiot for real? In 2017 he telling people to suck salt? No wonder he is all wrap up this government, “birds a feather flock together”. Smh

  5. Dave D. Thompson
    Dave D. Thompson May 27, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Another jackass … This gov seems to be full of them

  6. Bobolee Popo May 27, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Derek I know that you want Bajans tuh suck salt while you and the dems are on board the gravy train..

  7. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith May 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This man is a big C yeah.

  8. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd May 27, 2017 at 8:05 am


  9. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor May 27, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Who collectively contribute so that the less able can survive? Another seed being dispersed hoping that it takes root? Let me rephrase that for u Sir, we collectively contribute so that the ppl that have money will continue to make more money, keeping d poor idiots poor! Simple…..

  10. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman May 27, 2017 at 8:52 am

    And the way the DLP is ‘dealing with it’ and ‘sucking salt’ is to give themselves a 10% rise. Nice.

  11. Lavern Hinds
    Lavern Hinds May 27, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Stupid ass

  12. Louis Swann
    Louis Swann May 27, 2017 at 9:14 am


  13. Sandor Barker
    Sandor Barker May 27, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Excuse me Sir, do you really know what real hardship is?
    I can’t wait for you and the rest of your homophobic, sociopathic, women hating, degenerate friends are out of power.
    This is why the ppl in the City can’t get help from the UDC because of self- centered AH’s like you.
    Why do you all say these degrading thing to us, we are ppl bro with feeling too.
    You tell us the ppl that paying your monthly wages, paying for the company car you drives, paying your cell bill TO SUCK SALT, how dear you Mr Man.

  14. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian May 27, 2017 at 9:33 am

    These guys crazy or what? How dare they invest millions in stupid project and then say this to the Bajan people. I find this to be insensitive at best and completely devoid of basic consideration of the long and short term needs of Bajans at worse.

  15. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian May 27, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Funny how they can invest in SSA new building while not having enough trucks to service the island. I swear their is cognitive and intellectual deficits going on there.

  16. Shane. May 27, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Dear country brothers @sisters what Mr’ Alleyne is trying educate you with are facts, i left my beloved country Barbados 47 years ago some times i wonder why but this side of this world is no better off than Barbados brothers @sisters listen carefully.My education level is not near yours but my common sense may be grater.I remember when i was a kid my mother cry because she didn’t know where the next meal was coming from but my dear grand mother chip in to help’ as Mr Alleyne said you don’t know
    what its like not to have a pair of shoes, to go to sleep hungry, to sleep and rain water coming through your roof top, to have a few biscuits to share what its like to go get water from a stand pipe, today you have cell phones,families could not afford Barbados radiofusion i can go on an on to tell you but to day you are better than our past because off our sacrifices.

  17. Sunshine Sunny Shine May 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Barbados Today, why are you disallowing my comment?

    • Peter May 28, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Sunshine Sunny Shine, It seems as though they do the same thing to you and Hal as they do to some of my comments too. I hope they show yours as I love to read yours. I may not agree with some but generally I think you are quite honest and up front. They may not showcase this but that will not change me. I do NOT suck up. Barbados Today means well but they need to re evaluate their team of reporters who are NOT trained well. They only report. they do not verify as to how meaningful the reportees are. they do not paraphrase statements with certain questions to ascertain verification of what is really meant in those statement. If those reporters are well taught at university level It would not look as though they recore and reprint what was said word for word

  18. Milli Watt May 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    he get wah he den expect…….stupse waste of a read I cud be watching grass grow

  19. Sheron Inniss May 27, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    When I was a child we would say this ditty – one of many. White to show yuh bright(intelligent); probably came from the slave era. Blacks were ignorant and nowadays I am beginning to wonder if it is indeed true every single time some of these politicians and lackeys open their mouths.

  20. J. Payne May 27, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    “Small states” that is ole talk for a government that has no business being in power. In otherwords. ‘we as a government have no plan, no plan of action, don’t know how to save wunna, so prepare to suck salt.” You think Singapore talks like this???? You think tiny Hong Kong or tiny Taiwan or tiny UAE, or Qatar, talk like this? Clearly he’s never heard the phrase. “I am only confined by the size of my mind.”


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