By Caribbean Medical News Staff

The “controversial” Dr. Alfred Sparman  said he is not giving up on his plans to own the privately-owned hospital, Bayview Hospital in Barbados.

Sparman, who owns and runs a high-tech, multi-million dollar clinic in Belleville offering cardiology services, more specifically angioplasty and runs a 24-hr walk in clinic, put a new offer on the table despite an earlier collapse in negotiations where he said to the Daily Nation Newspaper in Barbados that he had lost $500 000 (five hundred thousand dollars).

According to reports in the Barbados press sources told the SUNDAY SUN that Sparman had again signalled his interest in buying the island’s only private hospital.

When contacted, board chairman Dr William Duguid refused to comment on this latest development. However, sources have indicated Sparman’s renewed interest was being considered by Bayview’s owners. Reports in another section of the press suggest that this new offer included the monies that formed part of the down-payment that Sparman said he wanted returned to him earlier this year. That deposit was part of one of the more recent controversies including Dr. Sparman.

Earlier this year, Dr. Sparman invited the media to a press briefing at his offices to declare that he was a member of the American College of Cardiology. Thereafter the ACC wrote him, the letter and report were both carried in the Barbados media to say , “It has come to our attention that you are representing yourself as a member, and specifically an FACC or Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. As you know from the college’s correspondence to you on February 2, 2013 (copy enclosed), your application has been denied.

“You are not a member or FACC of the American College of Cardiology and you may not represent yourself as such,” continued the letter, dated last June 19, which was signed by Rose Marie McMahon, the ACC’s associate director, Member Services.

Sparman continues to practice as a cardiologist in Barbados. Referring to another letter dated February  2013, the ACC said that having reviewed Sparman’s application for membership, it was denied because he did not meet the requirements for membership.

According to reports, the letter detailed to Dr. Sparman that in January 2010 when he submitted the application for membership, he was asked to complete the process by responding to two requests, which he did not. He was asked to give: “a detailed explanation for answering ‘yes’ to the four disclosure questions in 2010; [and an] explanation of suspension of the American Board of Internal Medicine board certification in 1998”.

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