Barbados Money Class Attracted To Private Healthcare Delivery

Peter Harris

The directors of Warren Healthcare Complex were ‘commended’ by Minister of Health Donville Inniss at its launch earlier this year. In his address he was quoted: “…the state cannot provide all services to all residents and hence it is my considered opinion that we must encourage the private sector to provide services which may or may not be provided in the public sector…”. The report details the players who formed the partnership to make the Warren Healthcare Complex a reality. Although it is not mentioned in the report quoted, BU understands that Peter Harris, one of the principals of CGI – is Chairman of the recently opened Warrens medical facility. The truth be told BU welcomes entrepreneurship wherever it rears it head but we have to be vigilant!

BU has been keeping an eye on how ownership of the private healthcare sector in Barbados has been taking form. Not many Barbadians are aware that then Minister of Health Jerome Walcott bought a 20% stake in Diagnostic Radiology, a company owned by the emerging deep pocket Peter Harris. Of course Walcott has a ‘front man’ who sits on the Board of Directors to represent his interest! Peter Harris we understand owns Diagnostic Radiology Inc; Teleradiology Inc; Emergency Room Inc; MRI Services Inc all key players in the healthcare sector.

To date BU has not been able to uncover any evidence which gives Minister Inniss beneficial ownership in any of the private healthcare facilities in Barbados. This includes The Sparman Clinic. What we have become a little uncomfortable about is the  high number of government radiology requests which originate from the QEH and polyclinics which find their way into the private healthcare system.  BU readers should recall Dr. Richard Ismael’s concern about Dr. Alfred Sparman allegedly being  allowed to poach patients from the QEH. As citizens we have to begin to connect the dots. We are suppose to be an educated people.

Another deep pocket moving into the healthcare business is Bjorn Bjerkhamn. BU understands he bought the Mannings building in Speightown to convert to an emergency healthcare facility. He has already set up a foot care clinic currently administered by Dr. Natasha Farnum. One does not have to guess who is the primary owner of the health facility at the Villages at Coverly which is scheduled to be opened by mid August 2012.

If one is to evaluate the moves being made by the movers and shakers in Barbados, the easy conclusion is that there is a lot of money to be made in the healthcare sector in Barbados. And no wonder, Barbados has one of the highest non communicable disease rates in the world.

In all of this BU has become increasingly concerned on three fronts.

What is the nature of the relationship between the political directorate in health, past and present, and the deep pockets willing to invest in the private healthcare sector?

What oversight was in place to ensure Minister of Health Jerome Walcott – as he was then – not influence referrals from the QEH to Diagnostic Radiology of which is has a 20% stake.  The same must be asked about what obtains now.

Lastly, what is the implication of a concentration of ownership within the healthcare industry in Barbados?

0 thoughts on “Barbados Money Class Attracted To Private Healthcare Delivery


  1. You are really ridiculous, you see a monster behind every tree. Please dont sully the names of decent people.
    No one is stopping you from opening DAVID BUSHDOCTOR CLINIC INC.


  2. Peter Harris must be a Dem given Carson’s vitriol……………..lol


  3. Peter Harris is a bright, young, visionary Barbadian who is doing his best to push Barbados forward.
    What is so wrong with that?


  4. @ Carson C. Cadogan | July 10, 2012 at 9:24 PM |
    “Peter Harris is a bright, young, visionary Barbadian who is doing his best to push Barbados forward. What is so wrong with that?”

    Nice to see you making contributions other than cussing OSA.
    The man would only meet that criterion of pushing Barbados forward if his vision and entrepreneurship involves earning foreign exchange.

    Is the venture selling services to foreign clients also and are they paying in foreign money? If so, then he has my support. If on the other hand his business is just another forex sponger pandering to the medical whims and fad luxuries of the well-off overfed, physically lazy and NCD ridden pseudo middle class in Barbados who believe they can buy health and not earn it by proper diet, exercise and less exposure to environmental pollutants then it could sink or swim.


    • @Doc GP

      Will take your comment as the highest compliment given that you are intimate with the healthcare system in Barbados.


    • It is interesting to note that Peter Harris is Chairman of Warrens Healthcare Clinic and also Sandy Crest Clinic among the other companies listed above. There is rumour that the government plans to outsource MRI and related activities. Would be interesting to get some feedback on this matter.

      Can we discuss implications?


  5. RE The truth be told BU welcomes entrepreneurship wherever it rears it head but we have to be vigilant!

    BU has been keeping an eye on how ownership of the private healthcare sector in Barbados has been taking form.

    DAVID THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG IN WHAT YOU HAVE SAID ABOVE. AS THE OFFERING OF MEDICAL SERVICES IN BARBADOS BECOMES MORE LIKE THAT IN THE STATES, ONE MUST INDEED BE VIGILANT.


  6. @David

    I did not see any doc gp repond to this thread. Neverltheless, the mix between insurance nad medical services could lead to manipulating of the market and insurance cost.

    You are correct, any person in a position who can influence policy decision about health care and invests or about to invest in a health related venture should declare his/her interest publicly. Thats why I consider to be transparent. Further, that person should not pronounce on decisions about duty free concessions for the same entity in which he or she has a vested interest. Thats one of the hallmark of transparency.

    @CCC

    Please analyse things from all angle.

    @Enuff

    You see everything from your politcal blinkers, is DR. Walcott a DLP, how could you jump to the conclusion that Peter Harris is a DLP. Business men know how to manipulate the politcal process and they contribute to both politcal parties. So Bet you that Mr. Harris will hedge his bets by contributing to the two major parties.


    • @To the point

      Doc GP is Georgie Porgie who is a BU family member. Do a search of BU and you should turnn up the many important contributions from this man who we understand had a had in designing part of the healthcare system in Barbados many years ago.


  7. To the point
    Me or you? I just was poking fun at CCC no politics there Sir.


  8. These are the kind of occurrences that we bajans seem not to focus on .When we do we permit partisan politics to cause myopia.Good job BU.


  9. What I am not seeing here…is the linking of CGI Insurance with Warren’s Health Care Clinic.For fear of slanting..I say no more…..(but there is more)….listening


  10. Entrepreneurship … I hate the word. In Barbados it ONLY means opportunity to exploit Bajans, that is all. This shite started happening under the previous regime where there was no great move to repair equipment in the QEH and referrals to private interests became the norm. Now according to David, the Minister responsible can claim a 20% stake in the private concern.

    This economic model sucks. Health care like education, should be a Government thing. The private sector exploiters should be made to turn their attention outwards as per Miller.


  11. @BAFBFP

    In another place at another time it would be called soft corruption. Why bother if Barbados is listed as one of the least corrupt countries by Transparency International and high on the list of freedom of the press as well.

    It is time for BU family members to step up. Go to one of the many entities in Barbados who do email blast and spread the word. There is Classimax.com and a few others. Let us begin a movement.


  12. DAVID

    I wonder who BLP person requested that you start this thread?
    It would appear to be a crime now to invest one’s financial resources in any venture in Barbados. Just keep the money on the bank or in an envelope under your bed or DAVID will vilify you. Imputing all sorts of wrong motives.


  13. Cardboard
    the corollary…with an elections pending……why would a DLP……abcd uioper dsdft…xxxx.(fillers)
    but then again …daff en camp’..has become a household word …lol


  14. @David and with respect to Doc GP for his imtimate knowledge of the health system, I am a mere citizens.

    But, the problem is if the healthcare system is broke, people will look for private and investors will fulfill that market.

    Find out how many, if not well, POOR and RICH, rush to FMH or Sandycrest rather than QEH, ,e included.

    Why? If I am sick I want relief and help, not waiting for hours, deading.

    Remember about two years back when that big up professor from the UWI went to QEH unwell with chest pains (went straight from Guv’ment House) or some such in the late evening and 7:00am he was still in the waiting room?

    If they mek he wait, whuh chance a lil man like me got?

    But, I agree, a Minister that got money in private clinic appears to be a conflict of interest.

    The problems at QEH need fixing. Nuff said.


  15. It is very noticeable that Diagnostic Radiology is staffed entirely by Indians – and their service has been nothing if not professional, but could it be that they’re offering their services cheaper than, say, Caribbean-trained doctors? Having also been a patient at the Beckles Road facility recently, I must say that the whole place needs an overhaul to look like a proper professional medical facility. It is filthy. With the amount of money being made, the way it is now is nothing short of a disgrace. Imagaine CGI offices looking like that!


  16. Man Crusoe
    You gone and ruffling Min.Donville Inniss feathers so early this Wednesday morning . The hospital now get a brand new entrance lift….when you enter now, 3 pretty girls dey to greet you….Cardboar talk to he ya…..lol


  17. @Crusoe

    It is all about transparency. We have some who believe integrity legislation and governance should be located to public servants/politicians.


  18. I know the Harris family very well,Mother Dr Mohindi Harri,her sons George,Joseph,Peter & Thomas.
    Business ventures of that family,I always view with skepticism.
    Peter Harris intentions may very well be of good to Barbados.However,my dealings with that family and one of his brothers in particular left an impressions on me that genuineness,sincerity and honesty are not hallmarks of that family.

    David & BU on another note regarding health,I believe the sudden unexplained death of those Cambodian children should be of concern to us especially we in Barbados.
    I am speculating but I believe there is a sinister move behind the sudden “mysterious disease” that have taken at least sixty four (64) lives of young Cambodians.
    In Barbados,we have an emerging Asian community and issues such as this dreaded condition affecting Cambodia should be of utmost concern to us in Barbados


  19. “However,my dealings with that family and one of his brothers in particular left an impressions on me that genuineness,sincerity and honesty are not hallmarks of that family.

    One can say that about everybody including you Negro man!


  20. ,” I must say that the whole place needs an overhaul to look like a proper professional medical facility. It is filthy. ”

    Why don;t you let them know this my friend, we can say that about the QEH, many of the polyclinics and some doctors offices.


  21. These entrepreneurs have seen a void and are filling it. They have the finances or access to finance for these ventures. We cannot get proper health care from the QEH when many of the machines are broken, when many of the consultants are on holiday or overseas or not available and appointments are given 6 to 12 months to people who are in dire need. what are they to do? What are we to do? In an island this small it is very difficult to do business without having a conflict of interest and where everyone is related in one way or another. We cannot choose the colour of the investor skin nor can we say that those possessing the same skin as the majority will be successful. When the politicians get sick the fist thing they do is hop on a plane. We need proper and timely health care delivered to Barbadians and if there are private investors willing to do that let them be.


  22. David what have I missed? It is a given that Ministers of government have their fingers in many pies outside their main jobs. To patrol and stand guard won’t change the the fact that the new players in the health care industry are all politically affiliated. Remember this is Barbados.


  23. @islandgal

    What are you saying? Should citizens renege on the right to participate in our democracy? Should we open the floodgate to corruption by our inaction and surrender?


  24. David let us face it, we have already surrendered by our inaction.


  25. BU. I am happy to report to you that I have no interest directly or indirectly, in any private healthcare facility or health service provider in Barbados or any other place. My sole interest is in working with all stakeholders to continue to raise the level of healthcare available in Barbados.

    From the state’s end we will, with our limited budget, continue to make strategic investments in our plant and equipment in order to achieve our goals. It is not always neccessary nor practical to own and operate all pieces of equipment or to provide all services within our hospital or clinics and hence there is the need to procure these services from the privare sector.

    Where this occurs, there are clear rules for the engagement of such services with attendant checks and balances. These matters certainly do not come to this MInister for approval. I try to focus on seting the broad policies.

    As a politician I would expect frequent personal attacks and condemnation, augmented by some rumours. It comes with the territory. But such do not faze me – one has to focus on the goals and not be distracted by trivial maters.

    I am very happy to receive any suggestions on how we can do better with health care in Barbados. Anyone can send me an email.

    Now let us return to serious matters!

    Donville O Inniss
    Minister of Health
    minister@health.gov.bb


  26. Thanks Minister for your clarification statement. All we the people ask for is transparency in how our money is spent and interest represented.


  27. Donny ma boy all you got to do is mek sure that people under you care getting good food even if de portions small , Not tummuchie tuna in de tin.


  28. David. You are most welcomed. Transparency must go with accountability. There is clearly lots of room for improvement within the public service. A deep analysis would reveal that Ministers do not have all of the power that we are accused of weilding. We do have influence and it must be wisely exercised at all times.

    The public servants do have great power as well, generally speaking. I cannot stress on this too often. sometimes folks interpret a constructive critism of the public service as an attack on public servants.

    However, once we can get a truly modern, efficient and transparent public service, then we are finally on our way to sustainly a strong economy and society. We have made some strides but we cannot rest on our laurels.

    BTW: I enjoy reading the blogs and am tempted quite often to submit comments, but I have to temper myself, cause I prefer to state my name.


  29. Scrupie. Ah keep trying – but dey wont leh muh even turn up de heat pon de stove!

    Seriously, there are approximately 5,500 meals prepared and served each day within the Ministry of Health facilities. There are staff who are trained to prepared and serve the meals under the supervision of various skilled managers. However, i have heard the complaints and have seen some areas of concerns myself. It is being actioned.

    Afterall, anyone of us can be a patient tomorrow!


  30. “BTW: I enjoy reading the blogs and am tempted quite often to submit comments, but I have to temper myself, cause I prefer to state my name.”
    In your contribution to the nis debate re-loan to nis, you are reported to welcome and invite criticism from the university and its lecturers. i well remember the vicious attacks on university lecturer dr francis charles when he commented negatively on last year’s budget.


  31. good to hear from a minister the only problem it is answering on self defense no problem but us the lowly out here would be interested to hearing opinions right from the horses mouth instead ofspin and diatrabe usually swayed politically one way or another through the media . thanks minister innniss for your input and clarification.


  32. Balance – I well remember the debates last year and Dr Francis comments. I did not view them as any vicious attacks on him. He gave his opinion on the issues and some of us gave ours. I certainly did not concur with some of his opinions and clearly stated why. I am not sure how submitting an opposing view can be construed as a vicious attack.

    It always amazes me when I see the level of nasty personal attacks on politicians from both sides and this is both accepted and praised by all and sundry, but when a politician challenges others, we are labelled as attack dogs!

    As I said then and again this week, UWI folks seem to have silenced over the years. They must stop hiding and making excuses. Of course if they genuinely have nothing to say, then they are free to keep quiet.


  33. Dr.Chandler yesterday also put light to the scatter shot attention paid to agriculture in the recent Budget…..one finds it hard to believe that in light of the warnings of Global food prices risings. this Govt has not moved a finger to address this on coming onslaught although highlighted in many articles in the here BU threads….knowing Ministers read this blog regularly…and we are continiously hollaring like wild dogs in the wind for them ..with good ideas.

    Another scatter shot……I heard a horse name Husbands ….newly name Bentom.


  34. @ old onion bags | July 12, 2012 at 7:43 AM | .
    “… one finds it hard to believe that in light of the warnings of Global food prices risings. this Govt has not moved a finger to address this on coming onslaught although highlighted in many articles in the here BU threads.. ”

    You see what Brudah-Bim and others on BU have been warning about is about to come true!
    The BBC Int’l just carried a programme that advised food prices are about to rise to approx 30% over the coming months. This is primarily as a result of severe drought in the US agricultural belt affecting significantly the production of corn and wheat. This would certainly translate into higher prices on the commodities market with concomitant spikes in the costs of animal feeds and corn and wheat based foods. Does the government have a short to medium-term plan to mitigate the coming effects on food prices in Barbados? Are we seriously considering the use of cassava, river tamarind sugar cane and locally grown maize as animal feed input substitutes? Or are we just making bold and arrogant sounding pronouncements from the floor of Parliament, “comme d’habitude”. Are we really aware of the magnitude of the impact of a 30% or so rise in grain prices on our foreign exchange position which is currently under severe pressures?


  35. @Donville Inniss | July 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM |
    “… Transparency must go with accountability.”
    “However, once we can get a truly modern, efficient and transparent public service, then we are finally on our way to sustainly a strong economy and society. ”

    Thank you Minster Inniss for your frankness and “courage” to engage the BU family in matters that are of tremendous import to the effective management of this country’s affairs of state.
    After all we the electorate and taxpaying citizens are your ‘de facto’ boss and should be continuously kept informed about the performance of our business called Barbados Inc. bearing in mind that we can determine whether your contract of service can be extended or terminated with the effluxion of a 5 year term.

    This is not any personal attack or criticism but just an observation on which we would genuinely appreciate your comments.
    We know your immediate boss has recently unreservedly heaped high praises on the same civil service which you yourself have done also but with tempered reservation and realistic constructive criticism.

    However, by making the comments reproduced above, are you not trying to put the cart before or in front of the horse? Don’t you think the onus lies with the policymakers to create a framework where these cherished goals can become reality albeit it subject to human frailty and errors?

    Don’t you think that the implementation of that much promised Integrity and Freedom of Information Legislation would go a long way in oiling the wheels of progression to this unanimously agreed destination of integrity and accountability in the conduct of our public affairs?
    I am sure you would agree that these long promised far reaching measures to improve the framework in which our public affairs are conducted should not fall into the same well as those promises of improvement in the material well being of the citizens so heavily dependent on the fortunes of the international economy.

    Don’t you think that by improving the legislative framework that governs the execution of public affairs the economic performance and outcomes of Barbados would be managed in a more efficient and effective manner and not result in a situation where the implied effective performance outcome so convincingly wrapped in the following statement would not be a ‘once-in-a-blue moon’ occurrence but a standard regularly met and adhered to:

    “….It is not always necessary nor practical to own and operate all pieces of equipment or to provide all services within our hospital or clinics and hence there is the need to procure these services from the private sector. Where this occurs, there are clear rules for the engagement of such services with attendant checks and balances. These matters certainly do not come to this Minister for approval. I try to focus on setting the broad policies…..”


  36. “….It is not always necessary nor practical to own and operate all pieces of equipment or to provide all services within our hospital or clinics and hence there is the need to procure these services from the private sector.

    WE WILL SOON SEE. ABOUT 8 YEARS AGO IN FL I HAD AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM. THE COST WAS 4000US. wE PAID 2O US COPAY. THE INSURANCE PAID THE REST BECAUSE WE HAD GOOD INSURANCE BECAUSE OF MY WIFES JOB. SOME ATTENDANT DID THE SIMPLE TEST THAT DOES NOT WORTH THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY IN MY OPINION

    AVERAGE BAJAN HAS LITTLE OR NO HEATH INSURANCE AS THIS IS RELATIVELY NEW IN OUR CULTURE.
    GOVERNMENT DOES NOT SEE IT PRACTICAL TO HAVE AND MAINTAIN THIS TECHNOLOGY FOR THE POOR. SO WHERE WILL THEY GO? AND WHAT WILL THEY PAY?
    I SUGGEST THAT ANYTIME YOU SEND A POOR PATIENT ANYWHERE TO GET A TEST THAT IS VERY COSTLY THAT ONE HAS PRACTICED BAD MEDICINE. AH LIE


  37. @Doc GP

    Was wondering when you would enter the discussion now that you have the ear of the minister.

    Agree with your comment that a class of healthcare seem to be emerging which targets mid to high tier. If as you opined the low tier is provision for then we have no problem.


  38. Its great to see that the DLP is finally ready to make use of this medium.Here is where that clear and distinct bias that thrives so heartily at the daily with the greater circulation will struggle to survive.


  39. @David
    “There is rumour that the government plans to outsource MRI and related activities. Would be interesting to get some feedback on this matter.”

    Government / QEH do not do MRI so it has always been outsourced. The service is offered by MRI Barbados and within the last few months by Diagnostic Radiology at Warrens Health Centre.


  40. A very timely and thought provoking article BU/ David.

    The MOH input must be highly commended. Do wish more of our politicians were this forthcoming.

    While the minister is categorical in stating that he has no financial interest in any health care facility here in Barbados, can he also extend such a claim to relatives? This is not intended to “trip” the MOH up, however, it is being asked because we do know that one can make an investment in a relative’s name – e.g. mother, wife etc. while claiming that you are not the investor. I am prepared to accept the MOH at his word re this query.

    Does anyone worry that patient information/ confidentiality be compromised if we have non-doctors calling the shots in Barbados’ health care? Who is stopping any of these owners of such facilities from looking at patients’ health care records?


  41. @ Donville Inniss

    Minister do you care to share with Barbadians the current status of plans for a new Hospital in Barbados?

    Has a location been selected, if yes, where? Is the GOB and MOH inviting Expressions of Interest or are you going for a full Public Tender?


  42. Maybe the MOH may like to respond to Mr. Leonard St Hill’s letter to the editor in th Advocate newspaper of July 11, 2012 indicating why he thinks the MOH cannot disclose the intended location. See link and full letter below.

    http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=editorialNewsID=9528&NewsID=25809

    Father forgive them…

    7/11/2012

    Ministerial announcements made in advance of satisfaction or observance of requirements and statutory procedures are out of order, as temptation to commit misfeasance and perpetuate the maladministration of public affairs courting judicial review.

    A new hospital, like a new highway, is a major capital undertaking which does not necessarily imply abandonment of an existing facility’s utility. However, it creates the need for definition as a public building in the amendment of the development plan, of which public notice must be given inviting objections and representations with respect to the effect of the proposed development on the amenity of the environment, before its approval by the Parliament by resolution of both Houses.

    The fact that the Minister of Health cannot disclose the site proposed for the new hospital, whether as supplement or replacement of the function of the QEH, might be due to incompletion of the application for planning permission, which includes amendment of the Development Plan. However, since a development of this magnitude must be exposed to the scrutiny of public enquiry to satisfy all interests affected, the earliest disclosure of the proposed site is mandatory,according to law.

    This is not the occasion for any kind of charade. Nobody is fooling everybody all the time. Government lands should be fully used before private property is acquired for any public purpose.

    The Cave Hill Master Plan incorporated as an area of comprehensive development in the seminal Development Plan of 1967, that remained ten years in limbo until its resurrection in 1977, is suitably modified into a University Town, but this has escaped the imagination of successive Prime Ministers as Ministers responsible for Town & Country planning while mutilating the administration of the Town & Country Planning Act.

    When Parliament blindly approves in less than four hours altogether the quinquennial (if ever made) Report of Survey of the Whole Island by the Chief Town Planner, without consideration of comment by the Town & Country Planning Advisory Committee, established by law for the purpose, what is described as a comprehensive policy for the use and development of all land in the island as defined by the Act Cap 240, we can only pray, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.

    Leonard St. Hill


  43. @ David | July 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM |

    One thing that must be said of the BU family is that there are very few “yes” men and women except the die hard party hacks like CCC.
    These ministers in both administrations are accustomed to yes men and sycophants around them not people of intellectual mettle and independent courage.
    You really feel the likes of OSA, Payne and Marshall or Irene, Donville, Darcy and Chris would feel comfortable feeling questions from some of us here on BU? We can see right through the ‘BS’ and get straight to the matter. But then again that is why we are bloggers and not politicians.

    Donville, please come back I promise you I would remain taciturn unless you stray to far from the truth. But you know very well that the reason you are unable to announce a specific location is that there is, legally speaking,“None”. For you to be so bold as to do that you would be putting your foot in your mouth. You can only announce such a location if the government currently owns the land. If not you would have to buy on the open market, lease or compulsorily acquire- a process that would require serious financial outlays and / or legislative intervention.
    There is no international lending institution that would finance the construction and outfitting of a brand new hospital in this day and age without some capital contribution from the borrowing country and a commitment to the introduction to a wide range of user fees and outsourcing of services (aka partial privatization of health care). The capital contribution would have to be in the form of real estate i.e. land. The question to the Minister is whether the location has been identified and if so is it free of encumbrances and does the government have the financial resources to acquire at this time such a large tract of land suitably located?
    You can call my bluff by announcing the location or do you intend to use it as an election
    gimmick to dangle before the masses as proof or your party’s pro-activity in improving the social lot of Bajans? A serious social investment already decided on by the previous Administration but put in political limbo by David Thompson and now continuing under your watch.


  44. The Ole annuaki shines with time…..eloquently put as only by Miller…. the blogger extraordinaire….


  45. @ David | July 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM |
    “Location of the QEH proposed by Minister for Kingsland subject to studies etc.”

    Noted.
    Point is: Does the Government own the old Kingsland Estate lands or are they still in the hands of the Deane family and subject to continuing litigation? Maybe the Government is planning to seize for the non-payment of taxes? Who knows?
    If the land earmarked is subject to EIA studies we are looking at a start date of 2018 or so. Whither Bim then in terms of being able to finance such a project whether BOLT or otherwise.


  46. @ David | July 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM |

    If the location has not yet been finalised (“still subject to studies, etc”) on what grounds (no pun intended) did Cabinet under both Administrations approve the building of a new billion dollar plus hospital?
    How can such a huge decision be made without such important factors identified and presented as viable?
    I am certain this same MoH informed the public that the Ministry had received expressions of keen interest from potential tenderers regarding the financing and construction of the project. On what bases would such expressions be made if an important thing such as the location had not already cleared all hurdles?
    The mind boggles here!


  47. For whom is this hospital being built? Certainly not the average person without transportation. In my opinion any premier or main hospital should be in a central location and easily assessible i.e have good public transport to and from the location Not every one who will be using the hospital that is staff and patients have their own transportation. What is the public transportation like to Kingsland? I find when major decision are to be made the authorities always come with half-bake half way solutions. Kingsland is a large principally residential area if a hospital is situated there how will it impact on the water supply ? Is there a need to construction another reservoir nearby?. These but a few questions that must be asked and answered before a final decision is made about the location.


  48. @Watching | July 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM |
    “These but a few questions that must be asked and answered before a final decision is made about the location.”

    Precisely what I am getting at!
    How can a Cabinet the largest ever be so unanimous in making such a far reaching decision without being presented with these very important factors before them?


  49. @ watching
    What build what hospital what!?!

    This is just a scam to fleece some public money via design, consultancy, legal and other fees…

    $60 million will be spent and not a stroke will be driven….. So location is not critical.

    Stupseees!!
    We can barely afford to to pay our debts for things like Dodds, Greenland, Barrack, the pier head NON-project etc … Where the hell can we afford another billion dollars …..when we already have probably the best hospital in the region except for lack of a little upkeep…?
    Unfortunately, the kickbacks from maintenance is peanuts….

    Bushie is resigned to the fact that these politicians are all a bunch of thieves, …but this assumption on their part that we are all jackasses is beginning to get to the bushman….


  50. Sorry fellow bloggers. I thought that I should take note of several comments before I comment. Of course, one should appreciate that this may not be the appropriate forum for me to be candid on some issues.

    The Ministry of Health has a long history of providing assistance to those who need diagnostic or clinical services that are not available in the QEH – rather local or overseas. This has been the case under both DLP and BLP. So the concerns in respect of access (denial) to services based on socio-economic conditions are not quite accurate.

    For those who may seek to give the impression that some of us politicians do not use the public healthcare system in Barbados – that too is not true. Whilst I have used the healthcare services in Guyana, USA and South Korea – it was only because I lived in those countries at times when the services were required. I do however, have found memories of going to the St. Philip Polyclinic as a child and I too have used the QEH. Most of my relatives here do use the QEH as needed. However, those of us who have private health insurance do use private services. Why burden the public system more? I have great faith in the public healthcare system of Barbados.

    In respect of the decision on the new General Hospital – rest assured that such decisions are not taken lightly. This is the first phase. Everyone is entitled to there opinion on the location, size, etc. We would not all agree – but a decision had to be taken and other decisions that need to be made will be made after listening to a wide cross section of stakeholders. I shall stay tuned.

    In terms of the cost of a new hospital – I am not sure where the media has obtained a $800 million budget from. I have never disclosed a cost as there are no designs, no QS work and such like. I did indicate that based on the last consultants report, if we were to build a replica of the QEH – it would cost approximately $800 million – however, since a replica is not projected then the Minister cannot give an estimate. I leave that to the professionals to work out.

    There are those who hide their names and faces and label all politicians as thieves. I can only assume that such persons have evidence or based on their personal live experiences, expect that we should conduct ourselves as they have done!

    Now I am off to visit some constituents and then to a funeral, but will check back in later.


  51. apologies for spelling errors above – found – fond; there – their! shucks – technology does not always work well.


  52. Mr. Minister
    Onions here… How is work coming on with the St. John Polyclinic ?
    Will it be ready by Christmas ?