True QEH transformation?

The original article can be found in: The Barbados Advocate

An Opposition Senator is questioning what has truly been done in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to qualify the government’s claim that the institution has been transformed.

Speaking in the Senate yesterday, Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott, maintained that as far as he is concerned, the hospital has not undergone any transformation, and still has a lot of issues.

“I have heard an Honorable Member in this House speaking on the radio about the changes in the hospital and that they have changed the windows and that they have installed a fountain, but that could only be window dressing. What about the care? What about the nurses who are short?” Walcott queried.

He further pointed to wait issues in the Accident and Emergency Department, which he says is still lacking.

Additionally, the Opposition Senator recalled hearing the former Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, in 2011 claiming that the hospital’s elevators would be replaced, refurbished and running in six months, and now, in 2013, he said only five out of the eight elevators are in operation.

Walcott reiterated that this does not fall in line with the so-called transformation of the QEH. (AN)

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