Boyce appeals to China

Minister of Health John Boyce is appealing to Chinese authorities for urgent help in the training of Barbadian nurses in the area of critical care nursing.

He made the appeal to Chinese Ambassador Wang Ke at the Chinese Embassy on Friday night, during a special farewell reception for the first delegation of the Chinese medical team and welcome of the second delegation.

Under that programme, eight Chinese nurses and doctors spent approximately six months in Barbados carrying out medical aide services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) as they also provided a level of support and training to local doctors and nurses in some specialized medical fields.

That team will depart in about a week. However, the second batch of eight nurses and doctors arrived on the island last week and will spend one year under the same programme.

Welcoming the new group and thanking the first set of medical practitioners for their contribution to the health care system here, Boyce said he wanted to see “even stronger bonds” between the Chinese team and that of the QEH.

Members of the two Chinese medical teams and some QEH management and staff during the reception.

Coming out of the first staging of the programme two local doctors will receive training in a hospital in China on scholarship thanks to a donation from one of the team members.

“I hope that can be expanded and that exchange can be developed upon,” Boyce told the gathering that included Chinese Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke, QEH officials, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

“I, however, believe this is a challenge I am going to put out to my Ambassador friend [Wang Ke] that we need, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, some urgent support in critical care nursing and I believe this would be an arrangement which we would look forward to settling with you – 15 or 25 nurses who will sit with us and help us train . . . some of our young nurses in some of the very important specialities which are associated with health care today,” said Boyce.

He pointed out that there have been major changes in health care delivery over the years and therefore specialists in almost every area of medicine were necessary.

“So I believe Ambassador, that this is an area of cooperation which we can look at, not on a permanent basis to put Barbadians out of opportunities but as a way of even training more of our nurses and doctors in some of the many specialties right here on the ground in Barbados and using our facilities as they stand,” he explained, adding that “even as we plan for a new facility we have to ensure that the one that we have is operating perfectly and at its best capabilities”.

An emotional Wang Ke, who spoke ahead of Boyce, said she was reluctant to say goodbye to the first delegation.

“On the other hand we are glad to warmly welcome the doctors and nurses of the second delegation of China medical team,” she said.

She said over the last six months, the first team performed 76 surgeries, treated 500 outpatients and carried out hundreds of various operations and laboratory work, of which she was very proud.

However, perhaps one of the most “touching” stories was that of the team leader Consultant Surgeon Hepatobiliary Surgery doctor Shiqiao Luo, who performed the first of its kind in Barbados liver tumor surgery.

After being awarded US$5,000 Dr Luo donated it to the QEH to help two local doctors to get training in a hospital in China next year.

An emotional Dr Luo, who has already accepted an invitation by the QEH to “come regularly in the coming years” to carry out surgeries here, described his experience of the programme as “a blind date that turned out to be a sweet relationship”.

Chinese medical team leader Consultant Surgeon Hepatobiliary Surgery doctor Shiqiao Luo.

74 Responses to Boyce appeals to China

  1. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes July 16, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Hmmmm. Could not find any closer to home? If not, the Phillipines also produce great nurses, why not partner with them?

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor July 16, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Cuba! They have made strides in the medical field…. We done over indebted to d Chinese anyway…

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      • Truth July 17, 2017 at 7:29 am

        One of these days Barbadians are going to wake up and realize that they have absolutely no power in the land that their ansestors sweat, bled and died on. Government spent millions on Independence celebrations that they could have spent sending at least 10 doctors to get this training, so that they can come back and train the others here. Bajans are doomed and they don’t realize it yet. The civil war in BIM ( and there will be a civil war) will be between the Chinese and the Muslims…. Watch.

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    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes July 16, 2017 at 9:56 am

      True!!!!! Apparently, they like trojan horses

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    • Rinet Briggs
      Rinet Briggs July 17, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Well perhaps that may be true ..but just like many of the Chinese…Filipinos are quite racist and bold with it. So if a wiser decision was made to take from the Philippines, I’d sincerely hope the nurses do not have that trait. Ijs

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    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes July 17, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Not the Filipinos I have encountered and I lived among many. There are al ot of Filipino nurses here in the US and they are great. My post was not even about racism. It was about what the chinese are up to.

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  2. Sheron Inniss July 16, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I want to say thank you but I wonder if any strings are attached.

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  3. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor July 16, 2017 at 9:42 am

    We does charge $10 000 for a nursing degree, but these so called, expensively trained nurses still gotta get trained by d chinese? Wa dat is a real conundrum!

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  4. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 16, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Damm Barbados politicians keep begging China but make no mistake they will be a serious price to pay for this by citizens in due course,why not ask Canada/UK or USA to name a few.

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield July 16, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Once you know.All the help and the hospital machines not working up to par, notes continue to go missing, supplies are limited and the work morale is low this is of little help .

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  5. Cindy Bunting
    Cindy Bunting July 16, 2017 at 9:46 am

    There will be a price to pay no doubt. The Chinese don’t like black people but they all about in African countries and the Caribbean.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner July 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Agree with ya but Chinese politicians smart not these African and Caribbean politicians who only goal is to beg beg and give away what’s left to these foreigners.

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield July 16, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Most of them cannot even hold a simple,sensible conversation with people who speak their language

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    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor July 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Watch it

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    • Marlon Murray
      Marlon Murray July 17, 2017 at 3:42 am

      ….

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  6. Dan Louis
    Dan Louis July 16, 2017 at 9:48 am

    What a kiss a…sss

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    • Baje Mcg
      Baje Mcg July 16, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Kiss ass? More like, give me my cut and I will get you into barbados

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd July 16, 2017 at 10:18 am
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    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed July 16, 2017 at 10:43 am

      cause they done sell out…….all the Chinese help BIM aint for free….just like he pit bull colleague done sell out to he Arabs

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    • Rinet Briggs
      Rinet Briggs July 17, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Well perhaps that may be true ..but just like many of the Chinese…Filipinos are quite racist and bold with it. So if a wiser decision was made to take from the Philippines, I’d sincerely hope the nurses do not have that trait. Ijs

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  7. Sheila Boyce
    Sheila Boyce July 16, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Sophia Wilkinson Rosanna Lewis Ambituouz Angel Tina Samantha Murray Dana Norville

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  8. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield July 16, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Seriously, are the tutors here no good? Send them home then .Are they being paid for something they are not doing? Every frigging time these black fools up in the Chinese faces .Looking for money .Beware of wise men bearing gifts .We might not see it in our life times.Then again soon Barbados will be an overseas state of China .Then they will send all of our black families to labor in other countries.What are we saying to these tutors, what are we telling all those students who forked out thousands of dollars for the courses? Do these fools think long term?

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd July 16, 2017 at 10:17 am
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    • Yvonne Warner
      Yvonne Warner July 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      What are we exchanging for favors from the Chinese? There was a time when Barbados trained nurses so well that many of them were able to obtain employment far and wide.

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield July 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      We are the exchange

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    • Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
      Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma July 16, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      What I don’t understand is why they don’t send a few to get the training and they in turn then come back and train others. Cuba is pretty go at that sort of thing, why not have arrangements with them. I really would like to know what is the exact arrangement out government has with the Chinese!!

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield July 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Why not send the tutors and let them return with the knowledge. Then again why China where theory may be the same but the culture is different. Why not the Caribbean. Cuba for instance as you stated? As for what is the drawing card we will not know and even if we hear it will be denied as rubbish

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield July 16, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Long time. See we have a company aptly named Chinados. The people around here clearly did not hear of wisemen bearing gifts

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    • Sonia Seale
      Sonia Seale July 16, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Claire you could not have said it better. We have become the island of beggars. If the Chinese are so good, then they should shut down the Barbados Community College and when the students apply there , send them to China to study with full scholarships.Our name is soon going to change to Chinbados.

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    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray July 16, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      If do not feel if you want my money I must get somethings in returns

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield July 16, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Sonia Seale ,just now. We boasted of never having another owner but the English. Well tell Barbados and the others in the Caribbean don’t stop taking the people money

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  9. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 16, 2017 at 10:25 am

    BOYCE IS THAT YOU?

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  10. Alex Alleyne July 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

    CUBA one of the best in the business.

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  11. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley July 16, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Why not cuba

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  12. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

    These stupid old men are alowing Chinese wome to turn their head sideways.

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  13. Isolene Evans
    Isolene Evans July 16, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Very true bother. Chinese don’t like black, all they like is what they can take from blacks.I work with Chinese nurses and doctors and I know what I am talking about.

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  14. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison July 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Look where this vision-deficient government has brought this once proud and educated country to…….
    Imagine, Barbados a country that was the envy for training and exporting world – class trained nurses to North America, Europe and elsewhere now begging the Chinese for medical training in critical care.
    This administration not only lacks vision but shame and self respect.
    John Boyce and the rest of this gang needs to just go even if we have to elect Erin is and Bert to run this country, even they could do a better job.

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  15. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade July 16, 2017 at 11:39 am

    We dont need them send them back we got the best teacher in barbados

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  16. Adam Tyler Mallett
    Adam Tyler Mallett July 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Huh. ?, learn a West African language after all that’s where the greatest business is being done and innovations as well as our heritage

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  17. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips July 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    This sound pretty strange considering that UK just topped best health care system….and our system is similar to theirs….I am not criticising China but I am not sure we should be learning Western medicine from the East…

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  18. Sean King
    Sean King July 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    This government seems to be running to the Chinese for everything now. What is in it for China? Just now we will see more Chinese living here and taking over businesses .

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    • Demetrius Garrett
      Demetrius Garrett July 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Well If the people will stand up and prevent this from happening then you won’t have to be worrying about Chinese “taking over”.

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  19. Michael Walcott
    Michael Walcott July 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    All comes with a prices! Chinese are looking to colonize third world countries. They are doing it in Africa and in Asia as well.

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  20. Yvonne Warner
    Yvonne Warner July 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Can we train a couple people to operate an MRI machine?
    $1800 a pop is beyond the reach of regular Barbadians.

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  21. Katrina Sealy
    Katrina Sealy July 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/TheConnecttoJamShow/videos/1424627360917144/

    Bim is next on the list.
    People can be offended but China has no genuine interest in Barbadian culture or its people.

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  22. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor July 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Be aware people

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  23. Tony Webster July 16, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The Chinese are very clever folks. Very, very clever. A bunch of Bajan nit-wits who have run out of cash, and ideas, are easier picking than low-hanging fruit. Actually, the fruit are not going to get hanged: we shall…unless we balance-out such competing foreign-policy interests with the greatest caution and care.

    China has just started work on a Naval Base ( called as a supply unit or somesuch innocuous label) in Djibouti. Djibouti is a poor country, which is run by military hench-men. Easy pickings.

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  24. Ryan Coombs
    Ryan Coombs July 16, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Hat in hand…friends of many satellites to none clearly is a concept lost to the annals of history smh…

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  25. Nyron Johnson
    Nyron Johnson July 16, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    It would be interesting to know the current status of relationship at the governmental level between Barbados and the USA. I’m sure many like myself is curious in knowing.

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  26. Valerie Lacey
    Valerie Lacey July 16, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    We have well educated competent Barbadian born or trained registered nurses living aboard who can fit this bill exceptionally well. We work in the finest world renowned institutions in the US, Canada and Europe and many of us are nearing retirement. Isn’t there a way or an incentive to encourage some to return and train our own people? Or is it easier to sell our souls to the Chinese people!!! They’ll feed you their fake food, administer their substandard care and take all the real estate. Just watch…..

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  27. fedup July 17, 2017 at 12:07 am

    This DLP government is inept. The Throne Speech purported that education would be the driving force behind the economy and there would be strategic training to move the country forward.
    Yet this fool for a Minister asking China to train nurses. I think that is a clear admission of failure by this government.
    The next thing they will ask for is to help them run the economy.

    How much worst can a government get?

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  28. ch July 17, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Red-light special- Barbados?
    Barbadian nurses are already highly trained and specialized in several areas and work all over the world. Not only dealing with patients but as administrators who are recruited to set up and manage health care systems.
    So don’t play this song for me.

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  29. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway July 17, 2017 at 1:00 am

    What happened to all the good trained people in the USA , Canada, UK, Australia including Barbadians who would return to do this training. Why can they not appeal to the Embassies of the contries above and in fact Cuba sends out medically trained professionals to help out in countries in need. This is wrong and a price will be paid

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  30. Marlon Murray
    Marlon Murray July 17, 2017 at 3:43 am

    I am glad the chinese is here 🙂 please bring the religion as well……

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  31. Marlon Murray
    Marlon Murray July 17, 2017 at 4:01 am

    taking over for the good of us…..we don’t even know how good this is for barbados……..check out how amazing chinese medicine is not only that but something called qigong – 4 – 5 thousand year old practices that helped billions of people…..bajans need to wake up 🙂

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  32. Walter Prescod July 17, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Wtf! So This Government has left Cuba in the cold.
    Disgraceful! Looks loke the WICB. Maybe their friends from the USA had something to say. A disgrace!!

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  33. F.A.Rudder July 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

    With the greatest of respect and gratitude I wish this medical team of specialist and nurses from the homeland of China a blessed and safe return and we look forward to greeting your rotating team. Thanks once again for successful and dedicated instruction performances in the medical field!

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  34. lswiltshire July 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

    A lot of moronic mouthings by many here who do not know anything about medicine, nursing or the lot………but fun to read

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  35. Take Nuring from BCC and give it to UWI July 17, 2017 at 10:16 am

    1st of all Nursing need to be taken from BCC and given to UWI where tutors with their qualifications can be paid appropriately for eg, Masters and Phds. UWI would enforce correct matriculation standards across rhe board eg if you need 5 cxcs etc you come with them, you have 5yrs to complete the program and that’s that not 8 and 9yrs.
    At present there are not enough clinical tutors to supervise the students to ensure proper practice is being carried out hence the extra load on Nursing staff who are already understaffed, under paid and frustrated due to lack or no resources but are expected to turn water into wine.

    If Mr. Boyce is asking for help from China, we definitely need help, cause when they speak you can hardly understand what they’re saying which makes no since. A language barrier is a serious thing, could you imagine us trying to save a person’s life????? That sounds literally like madness.

    Stop trying to out source or sell Barbados, can you see that other 1st world countries are snatching up Barbadian’s whether nurses or nursing educators for their skill and knowledge and paying them well but you want help from China. Stupse smf.

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  36. Theresa Webster
    Theresa Webster July 17, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Barbados doesn’t need any tutors from outside sources the teachers in Barbados are very educated and they can tutor as well as help their own

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  37. lswiltshire July 17, 2017 at 10:46 am

    The major problem in nursing in Barbados today is simple.
    1 OUR BEST GIRLS NO LONGER TEACH OR DO NURSING.
    OUR BEST GIRLS ARE DOCTORS OR LOTS OF OTHER THINGS

    2 WE EXPORTED THE LAST OF THE NURSES WHO WERE OR BEST GIRLS, OR SUCH PERSONS HAVE NOW RETIRED AFTER 35-40 YEARS SERVICE

    Nurses with Masters and Phds TEACH! Such nurses DONT NURSE!

    OUR BEST GIRLS WHO WERE NURSES WERE TRAINED IN THE HOSPITAL WHILE WORKING AS IS DONE IN THE UK…….NOT AT BCC OR UWI.

    OUR NURSES USED TO BE TRAINED AT THE BEDSIDE ON THE WARDS………NOT IN A COLLEGE

    WE HAVE STUPIDLY ADOPTED THE AMERICAN WAY…….which is a money making thing, by the way.

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    • Take Nuring from BCC and give it to UWI July 17, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      @Iswiltshire so “best nurses” who are Doctors or other doing other things how did they get there? don’t they still have a BSc or Masters???????????

      Any sensible person would obviously have to know that there is a Practical and theory to any profession hence why you have the regional examination and clinical examination which is also done by Doctors so I don’t understand when you say “Our best nurses trained while working” I have a BSc and will soon have a Masters and I’m a good nurse if I may say so myself.

      Our Nurses are trained at the bedside also so I don’t understand what you’re saying once more…… they aren’t enough clinical tutors to be honest but they’re there.

      Doctors go to UWI and go through the same practical and theory structure so should I say they aren’t “our best Doctors”??????????

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  38. jrsmith July 17, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Black countries seems not to learn anything from the world at large … We are always waiting at the cross roads with tin cup in hand begging from any one who offers the crumbs from they table……………………………………………
    25 years ago most of the world was laughing at the Chinese in they big hats in paddy fields , now this time later they are the world money box…………………………… The ship is always passing us by, one of our real problems we are educating our people for education sake , with no sensibility at all ……………….

    Then these same people because of they CVs want to look down on the people , they themselves with no real logic ability to create or do anything useful, other than wanting to teach the people to count one to 5 , when we all can count 1 to 100………………

    Have we black people no shame , to see we are offering to our young people nothing, other than waiting on the white world to continuously bailing us out of all the problems our black politicians keep causing , because they just cannot manage even little barbados……………………………………………..

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  39. lswiltshire July 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Take Nuring from BCC and give it to UWIJuly 17, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Your note illustrate what I wrote about OUR BEST GIRLS.

    Your note indicates that you cannot read or that you can not comprehend , and demonstrates that whereas you may be a nurse that you are not one of our best girls.

    I did not say anything about “best nurses being doctors.. That would be stupid and oxymoronic.

    READ WHAT I SAID AGAIN

    Also our BEST GIRLS who were trained in British and our own Nursing School in the old days were some of our very best.

    TELL US HOW MANY FEMALE DRS THAT WE HAVE HAD IN BARBADOS PRIOR TO THE SEVENTIES. NAME THEM.

    TELL US HOW MANY OF OUR OUTSTANDING NURSES THAT WERE TRAINED IN THE OLD DAYS HAVE a BSc or Masters. NAME THEM

    Re Any sensible person would obviously have to know that there is a Practical and theory to any profession hence why you have the regional examination and clinical examination which is also done by Doctors so I don’t understand when you say “Our best nurses trained while working” I have a BSc and will soon have a Masters and I’m a good nurse if I may say so myself.

    THIS LONG DISJOINTED SENTENCE DEMONSTRATES THAT YOU ARE DEFINITELY NOT ONE OF OUR BEST GIRLS

    BTW, I was sensible enough to be an Island Exhibition Scholar, and to teach BOTH nurses and medical students.

    Again your sentences below indicates that you are not very bright. One wonders how, and where you got a BSc. Standards are surely falling.

    Our Nurses are trained at the bedside also so I don’t understand what you’re saying once more…… they aren’t enough clinical tutors to be honest but they’re there.
    Doctors go to UWI and go through the same practical and theory structure so should I say they aren’t “our best Doctors”??????????

    TELL US HOW MANY OF THE BEST GIRLS IN YOUR CLASSES AT PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL ARE NURSES TODAY

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    • Take Nuring from BCC and give it to UWI July 19, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      you were sensible enough to be an Island Exhibition Scholar, and to teach BOTH nurses and medical students. How many are the best girls at present???

      It’s not a matter of how many girls who were in my classes at primary and secondary school are nurses today. Nurses is a calling, you must love taking care of ppl to be be nurse so to ask a question like that is irrelevant. If I had to ask you how many of yours are classmates are great doctors or nurses would that be fair.

      It’s good to see that you can read and regurgitate but being a Nurse or a Doctor is way more than that but, kudos to you on your accomplishment.

      I would hope that those Nurses that you taught are some of the BEST nurses. you can feel free to name some…..

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    • Take Nuring from BCC and give it to UWI July 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      I hope for your sake that none of the nurses don’t have to nurse you or your family as they aren’t none of the “Best Girls”

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  40. Tony Waterman July 18, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Forward on our FEET not on our KNEES, BEGGING the Chinese, and like a DOG waiting for the NEW MASTER’S BONE. that’s how this is.
    Barbadians, “BEWARE” there WILL be a heavy price to pay, when all these loans build up to an unrepayable sum, then the Chinese Dragons will show their Fangs.

    They have a World Domination agenda, and are getting all the MINNOWS under their hand, before turning their sights on the Big fish.

    BTW!!!!! It is widely accepted, that “BLACK” isNOT their favourite Colour.
    GOD help us all. the Chinese dont beliive in him.

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  41. Tony Waterman July 18, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Has anyone ever checked with Grenada, to see what the Chinese Did to them ???

    If you have not, and you know anyone in Grenada, just ask them what happened in Grenada, when they recoginzed Taiwan.

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