Throw them out!

Inniss unhappy with how QEH doctors are operating

An old boys’ club of consultants is controlling things at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), contends a Government minister.

Member of Parliament for St James South Donville Inniss made the charge today in the House of Assembly, as he criticized the island’s doctors, calling for their contracts to be ripped up.

Inniss, a former Minister of Health, was speaking during debate on a resolution for an additional $1.8 million to pay contractors for the David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex in St John.

The Minister of Commerce called for an overhaul of the way some consultants operated at the island’s main health care facility.

“Within the QEH there are some issues that must be addressed. I hear MP after MP reflect on the stories of long wait times, postponed surgeries . . . and these things would happen even in situations with adequate financing.”

However, Inniss said what concerned him was the failure to examine the current arrangement with some senior physicians at the hospital.

“My view . . . is that the contracts between the consultants and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital need to be thrown through the window. [They are] not relevant to 2017. The contracts that exist today may have been fine when you had a few with the skills available as they did 30 years ago.

“But today, you have an old boys’ network that is continuing to run things in that institution and denying opportunities to others and some of them are running a thriving private practice out there that is creating a lot of pressure on . . . the QEH,” Inniss told the House.

The St James South representative called for a serious examination of health care financing in Barbados, revealing that it costs the state $4, 000 each month to treat a single dialysis patient.

“A lot more screening work can be done in the polyclinic system”, such as physiotherapy, he told the House. At the same time, he called for rationalizing of the community health care programme so more people could be treated in their homes.

“When we drill down we can see there are ways that we can reduce the unit cost in the delivery of health care without compromising on the quality of care,” he added.

Meanwhile, Gline Clarke, Opposition Member of Parliament for St George North, accused the current administration of merely undertaking cosmetic changes in the health care system and not seriously examining the issues.

In his contribution, St Michael South Central representative Richard Sealy called for the removal of politics from the health care debate.

He, however, acknowledged more money was spent on the David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex than had been planned.

Sealy explained that the original plan for the facility had been extended, adding that there were additional costs rather than overruns in the construction.

Source: (IMC)

5 Responses to Throw them out!

  1. Harry October 18, 2017 at 7:38 am

    how much more money? and when can we expect to hear the true cost of our 50th Independence year celebration which was budgeted to cost $7 million?

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  2. roger headley October 18, 2017 at 8:48 am

    If memory serves me, you were Minister of Health.

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  3. Dick Tracy October 18, 2017 at 9:30 am

    What do you expect! Its nearing election time, and everyone is posturing to get re-elected to rob us for the next 5 years.

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  4. Sue Donym October 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Tell me again how Cabinet and collective responsibility work! Same DLP government since 2008, problems identified and no action. Or will this be a jumping off point for the “We’ll do this in our next term” campaign? The curse of the Do Little Party strikes again.

    But wait, there’s more. Talk about how patients referred from outside QEH for x-rays, ultrasound etc. get fast tracked – for a fee of course – while referrals from polyclinics might have waits of around 4 months for imaging and for reports!
    Tell the nation more about how the same consultants use their tax-payer funded clinics to redirect patients to their private practices, who then find it easier to be scheduled for procedures at the QEH – you guessed it… for additional fees.
    What about outpatients who are told there’s nothing more that can be done, seek help outside Barbados, only to be advised that what’s needed is simple and could be performed by any competent surgeon.

    There are plenty stories of consultants who seldom turn up for their clinics which are run by juniors. What we don’t know is what’s done to ensure that the consultants are giving the hours and services agreed to for the handsome fees. But we all know that in Bim, doctors and lawyers are notoriously hard to touch.

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  5. Mindy Clarke October 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Wow!!! Mr. former minister of health, didn’t you know this when you were in charge? And, where is the current minister’s voice in all this? Does he use that loud annoying voice only to interrupt opposition members in Parliament?

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