The question which Barbadians can legitimately asked is whether the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) has a Public Relations Officer, and if that officer is trained in the discipline of public relations. The other question which can be posed, is BAMP a trade union and does it believe – by its decisions – in maintaining a good industrial climate? Why is it relations between BAMP and the government always go down the acrimonious route more often than not? Why is there a perennial stridency in the dialogue between BAMP and all and sundry or so it seems to John Public. When Doctor Jerome Walcott was Minister of Health it did not seem to make a difference.
From the public’s perspective the current behaviour on display is not good enough and parties on both sides of the argument need to act more responsibly. Frankly we do not care who feels they have a legitimate grouse.
BAMP is within its right to call a meeting to discuss whatever it believes is of concern to its membership. The Minister of Health is within his right to question why BAMP would schedule a meeting at a time to ensure disruption to Barbadians seeking medical attention. Where both are guilty is dragging the matter in the public domain. It seems highly unprofessional and insensitive to the public both parties should be committed to serving.
The other issue of Cuban trained doctors raised by President of BAMP last week needs be better explained to the public. It is not good enough to plant the view in the public domain that Barbadian doctors trained in Cuba are not good enough to practice in Barbados. It is not good enough to say their failing rate of the local proficiency exam is high. Where is the comparative? Why is the matter not being discussed behind closed doors with the government? Barbadian trained doctors would have taken up scholarships under the aegis of government. What is the compelling reason to go public Doctor Carlos Chase? Your pronouncement has placed a smear on sons and daughters of the soil who have done nothing wrong except to study medicine in Cuba. Last time we checked Cuba is regarded as having one of the best healthcare systems this part of the world.
Barbadians are becoming unsympathetic by the day to the medical profession and in particular BAMP. All and sundry know you are the only game in town but where is the integrity?
A little advice from the BU household to Minister Donville Inniss and BAMP, take it offline and fix it for chrissakes.