Are Bajans Jackasses or Jennyasses?

From the Facebook Page of Agyeman Kofi

Hermaphrodite for an ASS called Barbados

Today the following fell off a truck I was driving behind. I seek where possible to bring the facts uncovered without favor or bias. Neither do I hold any quarter or brief for any political party.

A pregnant 15 year old and her uncle arrived in Barbados with a letter from the St Martaan government for admission to QEH. Baby was born with complications and is still in ICU, mother and Uncle fled island leaving baby behind. Unfortunately, no one in St Martaan is returning QEH calls and we now have a child born in Barbados by a fugitive mother and with uncle as an accomplice.

Kidney patient turns with an admission letter to QEH and dies in A&E and no one in his country has come forward to claim body.

Dominican turns up with a letter of referral from a doctor in Dominica to a prominent neurologist at QEH who knows nothing of this patient or referral. Patient still in Barbados and no money forthcoming from Dominican government.

Grenadian turns up with a letter 5 months ago and still at QEH with no family forthcoming or funds from the Grenadian Government.

Is it true of the 210 doctors at the QEH only two doctors have not signed to work with the board?

Four Cuban trained doctors operate in Barbados of which two are St Lucian and two Barbadian.  Why are Cuban trained doctors allowed to worked under the supervision of doctors in Jamaica then do the CAMC exam. What are these Cuban trained doctors treated differently in Barbados after 7 years and not allowed to worked supervised. BAMP IS THIS FAIR?

How many doctors own pharmacies in Barbados and have taken trips aka gifts from drug companies within the last 10 years?

Can anyone confirm that the Barbados Medical Council was entirely made up of doctors prior to June 1st, I was made to understand  the council now has two lawyers and two members of the public.

0 thoughts on “Are Bajans Jackasses or Jennyasses?

  1. Has Prime Minister Ralph Gonzales settled his QEH bill?

    Remember his son was flown in from St. Vincent after a motorcycle crash a few weeks ago.

  2. Barbados seem to be growing into a refuge for just about anyone who can cross the immigration counter or otherwise;
    This is some very heavy information you’ve shared on this matter. But you know that not too much is going to be done about it. Barbadians seem to give the benefit of the doubt to strangers before they own; I have no idea if this is to claim the name as Good Samaritans; Money is tight all around, but with a piece of paper you can come to Barbados and be treated. But I saw where they were enforcing, or to be more correct demanding payment from Barbadians who has medical bills; It seem that everybody and they mum is using Barbados for their own good apart from BAJANS themselves; This shit stinks big time and the government needs to PUT THEIR FOOT DOWN; This is if it’s not benefiting them in some form or fashion; Are we going BACKWARD and expecting to come to the FRONT? This isn’t going to happen by allowing others to use you for their own advantages; Why can’t these same people who has government letters go to Trinidad or Jamaica who are both claiming to be A # 1? How can you just enter into Barbados that easily because of a medical situation to be taken care of at the tax payers expense?
    Come on now, when is enough going to be enough before all is gone????

  3. The writer poses interesting questions for which the answers are possible to ascertain and ought to be forthcoming from the authorities. David’s question appears slightly on the mischievous side; I would rather want to know about persons receiving treatment that are scheduled to pay and have not paid regardless of country of origin or connection with the political governance in this or any other country.
    Another factor that I do read into this thread, it that with some good management and vision, the QEH can become a real source of revenue for Barbados whilst at the same time providing what is a basic human right of good health care to CARICOM citizens. There is no sense viewing the current situation only from negative lenses; what can we do to improve the quality care given by the QEH and have a management and political system that is working in tandem with Barbadians to ensure that we have the #1 regional hospital that can bolster heath-care regionally and thus earn foreign exchange.
    Speaking on that, I reject the notion that persons living and working and paying income taxes and national insurance contributions in Barbados should be denied basic universal human rights of access to health care (whether the health-care is provided by the state or private entities); it is not social justice. If Barbadians do not want to lend access to these individuals, then do not collect their contributions, or find a way of reducing them, but fair is fair.
    Let the critics come after me and tell me about the USA, Canada, the UK and other developed countries; I suggest that they do not operate in the same manner or under the prevailing conditions and with similar legal arrangements in place to shape a regional community (possible exception the UK depending on what one wants to see).
    Politicians have to stop using the CARICOM national as an escape route, and become innovative, creative, and purposeful. We either want CARICOM and regional integration, or we need to reject it! Politicians must stop standing on the fence, it is the Barbados reputation and society that is likely to topple over.

    • @George

      You may construe the question as being mischievous but here it is you have a Prime Minister of a Caricom country who spares no moment to attack Barbados, whether on the Redjet issue, immigration or other issues.

      What we need to think of it is the reincarnation of Tom Adams.

  4. @David

    Fair response to an indisputable assertion. Nonetheless, I regard Barbados as a leader (not regionally only but in several aspects of international dimensions); hence, I do not buy into the fact that we react based upon what some others are saying or doing. We ought to work to build a just society that is exemplary for all to see. In fact, maybe they will want to visit our country once again, they may want to buy our limited products but also the services that can be expanded; and Barbados can come to gain the respect of the region once again despite pockets of envy, rivalry, and the playful mischief that tend to characterise all of us in dealing with each other.
    My point David, and to use the first example provided by the writer of the thread, is that it cannot be impossible or even improbable to go through the appropriate authorities in Barbados and St. Marten to discover the alleged culprits. I am saying that cooperation is easily enhanced by learning to work with each other rather than getting screwed in a game of tit-for-tat.

  5. Sir George there is wonderful merit in the value of collaboration, that can never be disputed.

    However to use the gamblers vernacular, one has to know when to hold and when to fold.

    The participant in the game who is always anticipated to fold – can we discuss outcomes?

  6. Sure David. You are definitely pointed as to where we should be going. Not just expecting particular outcomes, but actually shaping the ways and means for those outcome to come about. It is exactly why I do not have a problem with social media, blogs, or informal means of communicating what is happening and what are the likely implications. Cheers to you and BU!

  7. We have been used by the oecs for years that is why i support the Minister of Health efforst to reform health care. Someone must have balls or for that matter soine.

  8. @ just only asking

    I, like you, support reform to health care, education, economy, society. However, in the same vein that I can raise questions of social justice, so too does Barbados, when Barbadians are affected in countries such as Britain and the US. In addition, we as a people are not noted to be strong in terms of litigation and challenging in the courts. Perhaps then we would start to see that some laws also need serious reform; particularly I am speaking on their connections and apparent contradictions regarding treaty law that has since been enacted, and regarding UN Conventions that Barbados has accepted, ratified, and in several cases made them explicit in the national laws. The lawyers may better direct you on the veracity of my statement.

  9. @George

    Which UN convention that we have accpeted that is soverign to any particular law, cite it please. You are an intelligent man and must be more specific. We have accpted the Alma Ata Declaration, does it mean that any Tom, Dick and Harry is enitled to free Health Care if our laws do not allow for such.

  10. Hooray to Barbados for helping the sick. As done here we should not turn our backs against innocent people who is in dire need of medical attention no matter who or where they are from.

  11. @just only asking

    I am sure that I would have aroused your curiosity otherwise you may not have wanted to issue a challenge foreordained with what kind of man that I am (although ‘intelligent’ does not sound bad even if it is possible to infer a hint of sarcasm). Nonetheless, I would allude to the fact that I used the term UN Conventions (plurally stated) so it is not a matter of my naming a convention and comparing with Barbados’ laws (and I do believe that there are compatible with each other). I too respect your intelligence and your reasoning even if I am mindful to depart when misinterpretation or misrepresentation directs the course. In that event may I point you to the very beginnings with Barbados becoming a sovereign state since this was indeed subsequent to a number UN Conventions that could show up the anomalies I mention. Specifically, I point you to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 2 (1). Of course I do recognise the laws for entry into and residence in Barbados but this does not dispense with my view that persons paying direct and indirect taxes in Barbados ought not to be categorised out of receiving benefits on the basis of a subsequent interpretation of the law that wants to discriminate on the basis ‘national or social origin’.
    Indeed, there are other conventions, and I reiterate my point that they have been ratified by Barbados, addressing issues such as basic human rights. In addition, and Sir Roy Trotman may attest to the facts, Barbados has agreed in principle to ‘the Rights of Non-Citizens (I can check on whether this has been ratified). There are others, and when last i checked, these were all consistent with the Barbados Constitution which is not discriminatory; it recognises all human beings living in Barbados regardless of nationality or status as having prescribed rights.
    My final point on the matter, is just to alert you that international law and precedents do not conform to national laws that may be even judged unconstitutional; rather, national law must seek to be compatible with matters of international law notwithstanding sovereign claims.
    I write these things for discussion, debate, and whatever clarity they may afford; there is no attempt to belittle or to re-sphape anyone’s positions on whether this administration is doing the right or wrong thing.
    I would say that if any Barbadian was living and paying taxes and operating under the laws of another country and were being denied access to health care in the manner that is now being undertaken in Barbados, I would question it not on a matter of material resources, but on the grounds of social justice, ethics, and morality. The Barbados that the Right Excellent Errol W. Barrow carried into independence status operated on this basic social philosophy. Long live the memories of that great nation-builder, and to all of Barbados’ national Heroes!

  12. prior to 2008, we were not having this kind of acrimonious debate in the press about the provision of health care to the purported disadvantage of barbadians.where has this acrimony surfaced from in respect of this issue all of a sudden? i hope that this is not another redherring like the immigration debacle fuelled by pro-government operatives to divert attention away from poor governance by the administration for eventually truth prevails and the chickens do indeed come home to roost. where is the evidence to support this notion that provision of free health care to non-barbadians or unbridled and cfraudulent use of heath care services by non-barbadians are impacting significantly on the government’s resources. snippets of provocative information seemingly disseminated with the intention of stiiring up strife and currying sympathy just isn’t enough. intended to

    • The issue raised by the author is about a deliberate abuse of our healthcare system by people from the region.

      What is so difficult to comprehend about the submission?

  13. according to hooray, shouldn’t we bajans be glad that we are able to help those we claim to be less less fortunate than ourselves? i wonder if the thousands of illegal bajan immigrants in brooklyn return to barbados for their medical treatment or can they obtain treatment at kings county public hospital? all of us try to beat the system aqt some time or the other?

  14. @George

    As you would appreciate, what is morally right, might not be in consonant with that law, regardless of how you feel on the matter. There is a substanital difference between the two. One deals with beliefs, while the other is a statute. Nevertheless, let us agree to disagree and move on.

    • @balance

      The discussion has gone past your question.

      Unlike anonymous persons who blog the author of this piece is well-known and therefore open to being sued if incorrect.

  15. Persons living and working and PAYING income TAXes and national Insurance Contributions in Barbados SHOULD be given the basic universal human rights of access to health care (whether the health-care is provided by the state or private entities).

    Fair is Fair.

  16. Very strong language coming from You GEORGE BRATWAITE. But who will or Shall pay the bills for those who have been dropped off at the doorsteps of the QEH by their own self serving Governments that question is at the heart of the submission and not a diversion tactic which you have used to avoid answering the question as poised by the blogger.

  17. @ David

    …back to your question!!!!

    ….. by George ….YES!

    @ balance

    I have a list of unfortunate BAJANS who are in honest need of shelter and care. Let me know how I can direct them to your residence…

  18. Maybe we need to create a regional health system similar to the regional university UWI. And maybe we should agree that every working person in the region should be taxed and that these taxes go to a regional health care system. It will be hard (but not impossible) work to create such a system., If our fore-parents created UWI which is still working 60 years later, surely the time has come when we must create such a 21st century legacy for our children. Perhaps such a system would work like national insurance or health insurance, each person, family, working person chips in a little money every pay-day, some kind of card or ID should be issued (with a picture, signature and other modern security features) the program should be widely advertised, the money gained from such a system should be used to fund health care including hospitalizations.

    In such a system everybody contributes,sick people benefit.

    If out NIS can have a reserve of several billion, in a generation a health care fund properly managed can have reserves of tens of billions, and still have enough to meet the everyday sickness and hospitalizations needs of its sick contributors.

    This business of shouting across the Caribbean Sea ain’t working.

  19. If David Thomson wanted a a real, real legacy maybe this should have been it.

    But I have no evidence that he ever though of such a thing.

    As a matter of fact I have no evidence that any local or regional leader has thought of such a thing.

    If we ain’t careful this Caribbean will backslide island by island.

    We got to pull together otherwise as sure as God is in his Heaven we will all pull apart.

  20. On this note of health care, may I ask what have become of the St. John polyclinic, has construction started yet?

  21. David, Hants RT and BT

    Since 1978, there have been a set of pirates ripping off long stay tourists in many of the islands under the guise of medical education. In such institutions the students are virtually long stay tourists-minimum two years.

    Why dont the governments that grant the charters for these schools to exist not insist that the schools put some money into health care in these islands?Why do the governments that grant the charters for these schools to exist allow them to exist as parasites?

  22. @Doc GP

    A worthy suggestion but you know the islands like Grenada, Jamaica and a few others fight for the opportunity to host these offshore medical schools for the forex it offers and opportunity for employment of locals. All at the expense of baseline standards across domiciles.

  23. bush tea. there are millions of unfortunate cubans who are in honest need of shelter and care too. can we direct them to the residences of those beeter off bajans who access health care and medical training in cuba free? and what’s ypur point, david, doen’t this blog thrive on anonymity?

  24. What is the point of this article? That we should not treat non-Barbadians? What a tired selfish attitude! And we have the gall to talk about BLACK solidarity.

  25. @Jack Spratt

    Where did you go to school, Lodge? lol

    The submission is about people in the region abusing our QEH healthcare system and a poor QEH admissions.


    Caswell always makes the point he uses his name therefore he has to be accurate. Do you understand the reference now. abusing our QEH healthcare system and a poor QEH admissions.


    Caswell always makes the point he uses his name therefore he has to be accurate. Do you understand the reference now.

  26. @ Balance
    The bushman is a bit surprised that we have to spell this out for you….
    Those Bajans and others who benefit from free Cuban eye care do so at the INVITATION of the Cuban people and Government.

    Bush Tea also operates in a philanthropic mode from time to time and contributes the best of what Bushie has, to those less fortunate (and even some more fortunate..) …. AT BUSHIE’s invitation.

    But this is COMPLETELY different to the situation described by the author -where clear parasites seek to take advantage when well meaning people turn their backs….

    Which part of this do you not get?

    You sound like a generous soul, and probably assist others less fortunate … but do you open your family home for deceitful strangers (who dump babies and run…) to come into your children’s bedroom to do as they wish…?

    If so, then you ARE indeed a jackass.
    …but BT is sure that you would NOT do that to your family.

  27. @ GP
    Bushie appreciates the suggestion that, if the governments of the Caribbean were not consisted of gutless, mendicant, imbeciles who are all affected with low self esteem, they would recognize that they actually would have the capacity to negotiate meaningfully with these entities like medical schools, Investors, and even bodies like the EU and the USA. to derive meaningful benefits for their peoples.
    ….rather than settle for scraps while selling off the birthrights of our children.
    How else can we explain complete foreigners arriving in these PARADISE islands and being given free reign to bulldoze, buy up, fence off, and control prime real estate and assets in exchange for a few dollars or a few menial jobs….?
    One word, Prostitution! …. facilitated by political Johns

  28. Heard a conversation at Caribbean Airlines office in the city this lady was there to purchase a ticket for a non national because she wants to have her baby in Barbados!!

  29. @ in the know

    Who would you really blame for that situation? the lady who is looking out for the best available for her child (free medical care, free education, free bus fares, free school books, free NIS)
    …..or the complete idiots who came up with ( and retains) a law that allows a complete stranger who happens to be passing through Barbados (a tourist destination) while pregnant to give birth to a new Bajan citizen….?

    Bush tea can name countries MUCH richer that Barbados with MUCH stricter laws for citizenship.

    But then again, if you have a low self image you probably will not be particular who joins your family….

  30. Would you say the US has a low self-image, Bush Tea? It has the same law. Do you even understand the origin of this rule?

  31. What the writer seeks to highlight is plain. We are being taken for granted. Can Barbados continue to allow these things to continue? These are not the first incidence of this sort. Medical tourism is also what come out at me but we have to ensure persons pay and citizens of Barbados are not disadvantaged. However, we need not fool ourselves that many persons will not gravitate towards Barbados and exploit any loop holes due to our high standard of living.

  32. Jack
    Bush tea is not interested in the origin of the law – more in the LOGIC of its impact.
    In your opinion is the USA a suitable model for Barbados to follow in this regard?
    Is the USA not a vast country, with huge resources needing development and workers?
    Do they not need to move thousands across the Mexican border just to provide low cost labour? Have they not been stealing our teachers and nurses (while returning criminals)

    Is Barbados not one of the smallest and most densely populated countries on earth?
    Do we have labour resource shortages that will be solved by inviting outsiders to create higher population densities?

    What the USA do -we should do too?
    Should we send an aircraft carrier to bomb Libya too?

    No matter what the origin or line of thought, you will still be a Heehaw if you open your children’s bedrooms to whosoever will…..

  33. When one reads this report as below one is led to realise how important a role POLITICAL STABILTY in the eyes of these rating companies and it is very sad to know that the careless, reckless mouthings of an immature and greedy for power blp led by Owen Arthur in bed with Mia Mottley can impact negatatively on Barbados’s well being, and do untold damage to our island our home for purely selfish and reasons of their own greed, even overpowering and influencing a rating agency, the agency may well be inclined to rate our great nation lower because of bad foul mouthings by a most self serving corrupt bunch of political germs of the blp and its leadership man for man.

    As we have seen from this report they have looked at and considered the DLP as doing the right things and they are very happy with the direction that the gov’t is taking, so tell Arthur / Mottley to respect themselves and respect Barbados and stop spreading untruths and lies for their own greed and urging to steal from the taxpayers once again.

    S&P still keeping rating
    Olga Kalinina (FP)
    Sun, July 17, 2011 – 12:04 AM
    Although Barbados’ economy remains “weak”, Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the giant Wall Street credit rating firm, is sticking to its own projection that it will grow by two per cent this year.

    Just as important, the second-quarter Central Bank of Barbados report has seemingly convinced S&P to keep the credit rating at BBB-minus with a stable outlook, and not to follow Moody’s Investor’s Service which recently downgraded the rating to one notch above junk bond status.

    That indication came from Olga Kalinina, S&P’s director of sovereign ratings, who told the SUNDAY SUN in an exclusive interview that although the bank’s report sent some mixed signals “we are maintaining the triple B-minus with a stable outlook”.

    She said this was a reflection of the strength Barbados continued to maintain when it came to political stability and governance, two things that definitely support the ongoing policy efforts to address the economic challenges

  34. unfortunately i do not see the connection david. perhaps i am a jackass like bush tea insinuated but i prefer to be a jackass than to be selfish.if we can offer help to tode less fortunate than we are, why not? i suppose we all sing the song ‘if i can help somebody as i pass along, then my living would not be in vain lustily’ but without meaning judging from our inconsiderate attitudes.give me some stats about the abuse of our health care system by deceitful strangers not wishy washy ill-informed speculation to feed the frenzy of the uninformed. must we stigmatise the majority because of the errors of a few?

  35. in the know, bajans have been going to the usa, canada and the uk to have their babies in order to secure citizenship status for their offspring too.

  36. So true BUSH TEA! trying to used the USA as a model is ludicrous . A country rich in resources . A country which has used and abuse the poor . A country which should show if truth be told generosity to the those who have the least since they have in many ways used the disadvantage amongst us to their advantage.

  37. @ balance,Lets open our doors to all an sundry as we are the Charitable Capital of Caricom, but at what cost. Do tell us how many we can accept and when do we draw the line. This foolishness has being happening for too long and did not start this month. Barbados always helps but for others to continue to dump and abandon their citizens is just not good enough.

  38. @ balance
    …unfortunately i do not see the connection david. perhaps i am a jackass like bush tea insinuated ”
    perhaps you are not a jackass, but if you cannot see the difference between choosing to be generous to those in need, or helping others to the best of your ability (and few countries anywhere beat Barbados at this…) and allowing yourself to be taken advantage of by scammers you must be a bit slow.

    Bushie would like to see you running a village shop…. LOL you would be the laughing stock of the village for the six weeks that you stay in business….

    • Wonder what Dr. Carlos has to say about Dr. Mufti. He accused colleagues of bullying him into leaving his job when they questioned his qualifications.
      Now he is working in Barbados


      NHS surgeon bullied out of job by colleagues
      A report has ruled that a top NHS surgeon who quit his job was forced out by bullying colleagues.
      9:28AM BST 17 Jul 2011
      Gulzar Mufti, who worked for the NHS for 21 years, slammed bosses at Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent for inserting a gagging clause so the full details cannot be revealed.
      The 64 year-old urologist has now taken up a professorship and is working in Barbados. He said bullying by fellow staff had been like ‘a David Attenborough movie, with seven or eight hyenas getting together to kill a lion’.
      He claims was got at for trying to raise standards of safety. He says an independent report supported his allegations but NHS bosses have refused to allow the full details of the bullying to be revealed. However it is believed to centre around emails sent by colleagues in which he was accused at lying about his credentials.
      In a letter to Mr Mufti’s lawyers Medway NHS Foundation Trust have warned him not to disclose information in the report. Mr Mufti, who was Medway Maritime Hospital’s medical director for five years, has written back in protest.
      He said: I want people to know how dreadfullyI was treated. Local MP Rehman Chishti has written to health secretary Andrew Lansley and the Care Quality Commission expressing concern at the way Mr Mufti was treated
      A hospital spokesman refused to discuss the gagging clause. He said: “Allegations of bullying are taken extremely seriously.

  39. you would need a survey? ….figures!

    Were you Owen’s adviser on CSME? or did you advise this Government on its policy towards BL&P share sales to EMERA?

  40. Quoting balannce “balance | July 17, 2011 at 6:55 AM |
    in the know, bajans have been going to the usa, canada and the uk to have their babies in order to secure citizenship status for their offspring too.”

    Not CANADA. A child born in Canada is not Canadian unless at least one of the parents is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.

    Barbados should change its law so that it is similar to Canada’s

    Canada has no birthright citizenship.

  41. Quoting Dr. GP “Georgie Porgie | July 16, 2011 at 9:05 PM |
    Since 1978, there have been a set of pirates ripping off long stay tourists in many of the islands under the guise of medical education”

    I was under the impression that the graduates of the Caribbean’s off-shore medical schools were doing will on the USMLE.

    But since you teach medicine maybe you can tell me otherwise.

  42. random thoughts, i stand corrected. perhaps the person known to me who has gone to canada for this purpose is unaware of this position; but it is a practice more prevalent nowadays for barbadians to travel to the u.s.a to born their babies.

    • @balance

      You are the one who asked for ’empirical’ evidence earlier and at a drop of the bat you based a premise on info that was anecdotal?

  43. bush tea -ask MR TONY MARSHALL of down to brass tacks fame.MR MARSHALL is the chairman of N.I S BOARD and would be privy to the sale of the N.I.S shares bought during the TOM ADAMS era to EMERA. MR MARSHALL was extremely crtical of the sale of the B.N.B shares.

  44. I think that if our laws allow citizenship by birth without either the father or the mother being a citizen or naturlised, then amendments must be made to our laws with haste.

    We cannot afford to be exploited in this way. Because it happens in America and England it does not mean we have to continue to be taken advantage of. Barbados used to have an agreement with the OECS countries to assist in medical matters,but a number of those countries used to take advantage and huge bills were amassed, They eventually turned to Martnique, but I dont know how the arrangements are working out. Similarly, we used to foot their bill with UWI when a number of those unscrupulous governements would not make their contributions. Any body remember the millions Guyana owed us. I wonder what has become of that issue.

  45. Random Thoughts is incorrect; children born to illegal immigrants in Canada are Canadian citizens but that doesn’t confer any rights to citizenship to their parents.

    Random Thoughts is referring to the exception rather than the rule; i.e. children born to foreign diplomats or employees of specialized agencies e.g. UN stationed in Canada whose parents are not Canadian citizens or landed immigrants..

    There are countless deportations of illegal immigrants whose children were born in Canada and are Canadian citizens but leave with their parents. The children are eligible to stay provided there is someone who can care for them.

  46. @just only asking… about $150 million i keep hearing.. our founding father Mr. Barrow was most generous to his good friend LFS Burnham. I wonder how much Guyanese money is parked up here in Barbados and been so for the last 40 years…suicide alert !!
    @Random Thoughts…. you are wrong about Canada’s immigration policy and plenty Canbajes around.. better we are thankful for OHIP in Ontario, if not Donville would be screaming..and i wonder if they all spend the required 6 months

  47. Let’s just put an ad in all the Caricom newspapers, ” if you want to become an automatic citizen of Barbados, come here pregnant and deliver that child right here. We are encouraging ALL young Caricom mothers to jump at this generous offer.

    • In a related conversation it is interesting to listen to Dame Billie Miller making the point in the news that teenage pregnancy and the incidence of HIV/AID in middle age men is on the rise in Barbados.

      An interesting correlation if ever there was one.

      We believe that we should do nothing about policing the moral fiber of our society and expect change.

      It will not happen unless we begin to do the basics right.

  48. because david,unlike barbados, there is a shortage of both doctors and nurses in trinidad and jamaica and they must be prepared to welcome such medical personnel with open arms no matter where they come from.

  49. How could it be said that the Cuban programme is better than UWI’s? by a woman who is not medically qualified! Barbadian Cuban trained doctors do not practice in Trinidad!

  50. @Random Thoughts | July 18, 2011 at 12:32 AM |
    I was under the impression that the graduates of the Caribbean’s off-shore medical schools were doing will on the USMLE. But since you teach medicine maybe you can tell me otherwise.
    SOME DO. BUT THERE IS A VERY HIGH FAILURE RATE AT MOST OF THE SCHOOLS i.e 20% or lower past rate. Only the 3 UWI schools St Georges, Ross and one or two others have more than 75% pass rate.

  51. r u suprise at that, what is barbados today,break down in law and order, the people that is charge with the responsibile for law ,break it and arrest the law breaker, some lawyer get charge for stealin people money.pirate in barbados makin more money than de zr and minibuses,and de transport board, after de board complian about million lost, but yet these people cont to break de law,by next week and them ent do any ting bout de pirate , i askin 30 of my friends to tek they vans and let we run de route and let we get some money…who will guard de guard,

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