Healthcare Specialist Expresses Concern

Submitted by Anthony Davis
Dr. Brian Charles

Dr. Brian Charles

The fear of inordinately long waits at polyclinics and the QEH’s Accident and Emergency, and the current economic climate is forcing Barbadians to present at some medical facilities in the late stages of their illnesses. And, for one of the island’s leading emergency healthcare specialists, Dr. Brian Charles, this is a cause for concern.

“They are holding back because they don’t have the disposable income. They are holding back and they are hoping for the best; hoping that they get better before they actually have to come and see the doctor. This is not a good thing . . . but, if you don’t have the money to come, you don’t want to go to the Accident and Emergency Department at the QEH and wait. Likewise, you don’t want to have to go to the polyclinic and wait or go to have to get an appointment for a week, maybe two down the road.  What choice do you have?”, he questioned – Source: Barbados Today, page 9 21 November 2013 edition

I cannot believe that this is the depth to which Barbados has sunk!

How many leagues under the sea is this?

Some of our people do not know where the next meal is coming from!

Some of them do not know if, and when, they will find employment!

And now, some of them cannot go to the doctor because of the lack of a disposable income – and even some of those who do, because the money may be needed for a different purpose!

However, this does not faze our Minister of Finance, or anyone else in this Government, as long as they are being paid at our expense – and can even fly overseas for medical treatment, if necessary!

This interview with Dr. Charles left me with a sickening feeling – especially that I know that it is likely to get worse before it gets better!

Recently the CEO of the QEH, Dr. Dexter James, said “that even though the institution’s finances had been reduced by $35million, patients could “most definitely” expect the same high standard of care they had grown accustomed to over time”.

Dr. James, we do not need your platitudes!

We know that you must say something like that!

If the overtime has been cut back, does that not mean that, if a nurse’s/doctor’s shift ends at five, and her/his relief is not there yet, or does not turn up for whatever reason, patients will have to wait longer to be seen/looked after, or get appointments which could be crucial to their health?

Now that we have this report, I wonder what excuse the Minister of Finance will find, and if he will stand his ground about the slicing and dicing he is performing all over this country – especially in health and education!

Mr. Minister of Finance, Malcolm X once said: “Education is the passport to the future. Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Pray tell me, Mr. Minister: What sort of education are students of the BCC Language Centre getting after all their temporary teachers have been made redundant, and that burden has been placed on the permanent ones for the same pay as they received when the temps were there to help them?

Do you know how difficult it will be, for example, for language teachers to be teaching first and second year students various languages – especially if the combination includes German?

Can you imagine the stress under which you have placed those teachers and their students?

Where you once had one tutor for literature and another for grammar, you now have both in one and that is NOT good at all, because the person who taught German literature was German and, in this case, was the best person so to do!

Do you care what kind of education our children receive?

Do you care about the health of the populace of this country?

I guess not, otherwise you would not have made such unkind cuts in the funding for the QEH and the polyclinics, and our education system!

I surmise that you will also stand your ground on these issues!

Health and education are of paramount importance!

Your education was paid for by the tax payers of this country, and now you want to deprive the poor, the needy, and the vulnerable of theirs!

Your selfishness is consummate!

We are still awaiting the Prime Minister’s word on his Minister of Finance’s handling of our economic affairs – especially in light of Standard and Poors’ latest downgrade of Barbados, and Moody’s “cautioning against celebrating Sandals’ presence because of the cost to Barbados which has not been tallied, and because “it’s too early to tell”!

55 thoughts on “Healthcare Specialist Expresses Concern


  1. What Dr. Charles needs to say that doctors are not plling their weights at the various instittions. They are moonlighting at other institttions and being absent from work; a lot of them are always late and treat patients like if they are beggars.

    The same Brian Charles was guilty of that, he was paid as a Consltant, and yet he was drawing money from the Crown from HM Prison, When the jnoir doctors are looking for the consltants to have an opinion, they dont even answer the phone.

    The time has come for a complete overhaul of the system at the qeh where doctors are allowed to bring their private patients and use the qeh’s infrastrctre, amon other things. The hospital is too doctor driven,

    Doctor Charles needs to provide statistic for the average waiting time in the polyclinics. he needs to inform the public that there is the extended opening hors at some of the polyclinilc. Winston Scott is one of them and it closes at 10 in the evening.

    i will come back to this topic later.


  2. @ Anthony Davis
    It is called implosion my friend. Did ‘true’ Barbadians believe Dr.James?No.Only a Aarson, ac or Dems now Dems again fool would. How could you cut $35 million from an institution in these times which already had $30 million chop off from its Drug Service and expect the same due diligent care? This administration will continue to play “smoke n mirrors” games at the expense of Barbadian lives while we hear of their continued loftiness and first class travels on nothing but sightseeing tours.
    Downgrade after downgrade … seemingly being ignored, as if Barbados operates in a world by itself or gets its finances ok-ed by a church up Black Rock end. As we get closer to the bottom of the bucket my friend… expect all this and more….some were warned but they din take heed….in for a penny in for a crown…hope they remembering now.


  3. Long waits at the Polyclinic? Not fuh me!! I usually get a 9:30am appointment and about 15 minutes after the nurse calls my name I’m in with the Doc. With 3 cashiers at the Edgar Cochrane pharmacy the ‘wait’ is tantamount to walking in and out. Yesterday I left home at 2 pm and returned home at 2:47 pm with a filled prescription …and it’s even BETTER at the Sir Winston Scott pharmacy that opens until 10 pm!! Not feller out dey ’round 8:30pm 🙂 So Charlesie Boy, you int gine turn my mind…I AM NOT COMING TO YOU TO PAY NUH $150 FUH A BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKUP OK?


    • It is dishonest to state that the wait at our polyclinics is not long. The wait time is horrendous but it helps if you know a nurse on duty we are told.


  4. Freundel Stuart is the best Prime Minister Barbados has ever had and he speaks when he have to. Like it to lump it! Lmao


  5. Never had to seek the services of A&E at the QEH but I used the services of the polyclinics from a small child to about my early 20’s. For as long as I can remember if one does not have an appointment to see a doctor at the polyclinic, you have to wait a couple hours to see a doctor. My mum used to take me very early in the morning sometimes before the doors were opened; and the earliest we would probably get out of there was sumtime after 11am or sometimes close to 1pm. The ‘long’ polyclinic waits for ‘walk-in’ patients is nothing new. The last I went there was in 2007. I pulled number 5 I ended up leaving in there after 12. Getting my medication from th dispensary was nearly an hour’s wait as well. Nuff said.


  6. 1. newblood | November 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM |
    What Dr. Charles needs to say that doctors are not plling their weights at the various instittions.
    IN MY TIME A DR WHO TRIED TO SPEED UP WAS FIRED BECAUSE THE PATIENTS THOUGHT THEY WERE NOT BEING EXAMINED PROPERLY.
    ALSO WHEN EVER A GOOD SYSTEM WAS DEVELOPED AT A CLINIC, PERSONNEL WERE TRANSFERRED
    They are moonlighting at other institttions and being absent from work; a lot of them are always late and treat patients like if they are beggars.
    The same Brian Charles was guilty of that, he was paid as a Consltant, and yet he was drawing money from the Crown from HM Prison,
    ARE YOU AN ASS, OR JUST ONLY IGNORANT?
    HOW MANY DRS WANT TO GO TO HM PRISON OR GET UP EARLY TO GO TO BDF?
    HOW MUCH MONEY IS PAID FOR VISITING THE PRISON?.
    DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD YOU HAVE TO WORK TO GET THE LITTLE MONEY PAID FOR SEEING THE PRISONERS?
    The time has come for a complete overhaul of the system at the qeh where doctors are allowed to bring their private patients and use the qeh’s infrastrctre, amon other things.
    YOU DO REALIZE THAT THIS IS DONE ALL OVER THE WORLD.
    TELL US HOW YOU WILL GET TO KEEP TOP DRS AT HOSPITALS?
    The hospital is too doctor driven,
    Doctor Charles needs to provide statistic for the average waiting time in the polyclinics. WHY DOES HE NEED TO DO THIS?
    he needs to inform the public that there is the extended opening hors at some of the polyclinilc. Winston Scott is one of them and it closes at 10 in the evening.
    SURELY THIS IS THE JOB OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT
    i will come back to this topic later.
    YOU MAKE ME LAUGH ABOUT WAITING TIME AT THE POLYCLINICS
    I WAIT JUST AS LONG IN MY DRS OFFICE HERE IN SANFORD AND I HAVE GOOD INSURANCE


  7. 1. Kevin | November 26, 2013 at 9:58 AM |
    Never had to seek the services of A&E at the QEH but I used the services of the polyclinics from a small child to about my early 20′s. For as long as I can remember if one does not have an appointment to see a doctor at the polyclinic, you have to wait a couple hours to see a doctor. My mum used to take me very early in the morning sometimes before the doors were opened; and the earliest we would probably get out of there was sumtime after 11am or sometimes close to 1pm. The ‘long’ polyclinic waits for ‘walk-in’ patients is nothing new. The last I went there was in 2007. I pulled number 5 I ended up leaving in there after 12. Getting my medication from th dispensary was nearly an hour’s wait as well. Nuff said.

    WHERE IN THE WORLD WILL YOU GET IT BETTER?
    YOU OUGHT TO BE HAPPY THAT THROUGHOUT YOUR YOUTH THAT YOU HAD A SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR POOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU
    YOU GOT WHAT YOU DIDN’T PAY FOR, SIR
    WHY ARE YOU COMPLAINING?
    IN THE GREAT USA POOR PEOPLE DON’T GET SEEN AT ALL
    NY WIFE VISITED THE ER OF OUR LOCAL HOSPITAL HERE IN FL A FEW MONTHS —THE BILL WAS 25,000 US.


  8. Dems now Dems again | November 26, 2013 at 7:12 AM |
    Went to Elcourt with my son and stitches for a laceration and visit $205

    IN 1981 THE TARIFF FOR CLOSING A LACERATION WAS $100
    IN 2013 …………32 YEARS LATER IT MIGHT REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO BE ………………………………….?

    HAS THE DAYS PAY FOR A TRADESMAN NOT DOUBLED IN THIS TIME PERIOD? I DONT KNOW TELL ME


  9. @AnthonyDavis,
    I have attended clinics at QEH (Eye Clinic), I have sat in the Polyclinic (Winston Scott) and waited for a prescription for the daughter of a friend of mine, based on the number of persons there long waits are to be expected. the answer, take a book and read. If you go to the hospital pharmacy and your number is 79, and the number being served is 20, you know you will have a long wait, go and have some lunch, by the time you finish your number will be up and you won’t have to wait. I have waited at a private physician; had an eight o’clocck appont ment, got there at 7.30, did not see the doctor until 10.15 got out of there after 10.45 after a 7 minute examination. cost me over a hundred and eighty-five dollars. I go to a walk-in clinic when I get physical check ups, here in Toronto, the waits are no longer than in Barbados. What are you people bitching about. You get good service in Barbados, you get free attention and the cost of medication is not out of the ordinary, you have highly qualified and competent physicians and specialists there. If you have to wait do so patiently. Where do you have to go? If you know you have to go to the hospital or polyclinic, prepare yourself fo a long wait, and make yourself comfortable.
    Compare yourselves to other people; the victims of the typhoon, and see how fortunate you are.STOP BITCHING AND GIVE THANKS FOR WHAT YOU HAVE!!!


  10. David | November 26, 2013 at 5:13 AM |
    It is dishonest to state that the wait at our polyclinics is not long. The wait time is horrendous but it helps if you know a nurse on duty we are told.
    I DON’T KNOW ABOUT NOW BUT WHEN I WAS THERE IN 93 EDGAR COCHRANE WAS VERY EFFICIENT
    THE NOTES WERE PULLED THE EVENING BEFORE
    YOU COULD START AT 8:15 PROMPT AND GO RIGHT THROUGH TO 1 OR SO WITH OUT WAITING FOR NOTES
    YOU CANT SAY THAT THE MAN IS DISHONEST IF HE ACCURATELY DESCRIBES HIS EXPERIENCE

    YOU ALL SEEM TO THINK THAT POLYCLINIC SERVICE IS A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT

    ON THE OTHER HAND I SAT AT WARRENS LAST JULY AND NOTICED THE DOCTOR DIDNT COME UNTIL ABOUT ELEVEN


  11. Alvin Cummins | November 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM |
    I COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER
    THESE MORONS DONT KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE

    IT COULD BE BETTER BUT WOULD THE DLP LISTEN TO LITTLE OLE ME IN 2008?


  12. @ Georgie Porgie
    I am not complaining Georgie. I’m on your side here. I am grateful for the ‘free’ health care services I received from birth through to my adulthood. But I was just stating the long waits for walk in patients is a norm even when I was a lad. This article makes it seems that the long waits began in January 2008. But it was going on for donkey years.


  13. @Old Onion’
    Long waits were the hallmark of the past administration also. I have worked , in Barbados, at the health centre, before it became a polyclinic, and I worked at the hospital for many years. I am in a position to know. I undrstand why people have to wait. I have worked here in toronto, at Mt. Sinai Hospital for over 12 years. Long waits are to be expected. Any good doctor will spend time examining his patients. If you visit a clinic, and there are six patients before you, expect to wait at least an hour…(six patients with an examination time of ten minutes per patient) before you are seen, and if there are intervening factors; phone calls discussions and thorough examination of one of the patients be perpared to wait longer.
    @Robert Ross,
    Poverty has nothing to do with it. I have waited in the office of one of the most expensive physicians for over two hours; and I had an appointment.


  14. The fear of inordinately long waits at polyclinics and the QEH’s Accident and Emergency, and the current economic climate is forcing Barbadians to present at some medical facilities in the late stages of their illnesses.

    THIS IS BOVINE EXCREMENT
    FEAR OF LONG WAITS AT POLYCLINICS THAT IS FREE SHOULD NOT CAUSE A SANE PERSON WITHOUT MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS TO PRESENT LATE TO A HEALTH CENTER WHERE THEY HAVE TO PAY
    ONLY A PROUD MORON WOULD DO THIS

    “They are holding back because they don’t have the disposable income. They are holding back and they are hoping for the best; hoping that they get better before they actually have to come and see the doctor. This is not a good thing .

    IT IS PLAIN STUPID! SINCE 1985 LONG BEFORE THE VERY ARROGANT CHARLES WAS EVEN A MEDICAL STUDENT, PROVISION WAS MADE FOR ANY BAJAN, RICH OR POOR TO ATTEND THE NEAREST POLYCLINIC FREE OF COURSE. SO WHY SHOULD THEY HOLD BACK EVEN IF THEY DO NOT HAVE MONEY?
    . . but, if you don’t have the money to come, TO COME WHERE? WHY? WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE TO GO PAY CHARLES? CANT YOU WAIT AT A POLYCLINIC? you don’t want to go to the Accident and Emergency Department at the QEH and wait. Likewise, you don’t want to have to go to the polyclinic and wait or go to have to get an appointment for a week, maybe two down the road. What choice do you have?”, THIS IS NONSENSE! THEY DO HAVE CHOICE! THE POLYCLINICS ARE THERE!

    FRIENDS IN THE SO CALLED GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD—EVER, THERE ARE NO FREE POLYCLINICS!
    AND EVEN IF YOU HAVE GREAT INSURANCE YOU CAN T GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR LOCAL DR IN TWO –THREE WEEKS.

    . SORRY CHARLESIE BOY….YOU WILL HAVETO WAIT TO MEK MONEY AT YOUR FANCY CENTRES
    WHYT THE HELL DON’T YOU GO BACK TO DOMINICA AND SEE IF YOU CAN EXPLOIT YOUR OWN PEOPLE?


  15. Doctors are overrated – so are human beings!

    No wonder some of us prefer our cats, dogs an other pets!

    Modern medicine is in the dock! It is a marriage between BIG PHARMA and the lost ethics of the medical community who merely tick boxes, meets targets and to save money where it needs to be spent (on patients).

    “Ambulance chasers” are everywhere waiting patiently for the scalpel to drop so they can “SLAP” you with a multi-million $$$$$ lawsuit!

    Patients are dying wrongfully at physicians hands! What a HYPOCRITICAL oath!

    Seen your doctor lately?

    Don’t take his cocktail of “DRUGS!

    Self-medicate on your CANNABIS OIL – you are safer!

    Refuse surgery (get the right Alternative treatments).

    Got cancer (its merely a FUNGUS) refuse CHEMO or RADIATION – one poison you and the other “BURNS” you”… Get ALTERNATIVE medical treatment! Got CANCER – take some DCA! It will destroy your Cancer – the Canadian medical establishment sure think so!

    Ask doctors why they do not take radiation therapy? They know what the research shows. Within that 5 year window of remission – you will end up with another cancer in another part of the body – compliments!

    Dr Peter Rost (LMBO) advises that “you shouldn’t trust your doctor anymore than you trust your stockbroker, (if you are foolish enough to have one). Neither one looks out for you, they primarily care about themselves. That’s the reason the individual retail investor on Wall Street is the last one to buy a high-flying stock before it is about to tank, and the individual patient is the last one to swallow a deadly pill, when everyone else in the know has already stopped taking it.

    Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-peter-rost/dont-trust-your-doctor_b_18977.html

    WAKE UP Y’ALL!


  16. SOME STARTLING HISTORY LESSONS: WHY BLACK PEOPLE ARE STILL ASLEEP 400 YEARS AFTER THEIR EMANCIPATION –

    The Middle Passage

    Women who had mulatto babies as a result of being raped by the captain and the crew members left their afterbirth decaying among them in the cargo slave quarters, the blood and the stench in their bedding compartments which was the same area where they ate and defecated, and where they slept was atrocious, the diseases that stem from this condition was inexplicable.

    Under these bad conditions we could understand how many of the slaves were immersed in a mountain of insects, lying next to a two week old corpse who’s dead body was being eaten by ants, flies, worms, rats or worse.

    Suddenly we have a clue to the time it took for the slave ships to reach shore, as it took a woman nine months to have a baby on board, but just a few minutes for the crew members to toss it over board.

    Sharks followed the boat’s shadow that it cast in the water or the stench that generally trailed the slave ships knowing that a human slave would be thrown overboard, because of sickness, diseases, as a punishment for disobedience, or to instill fear in the remaining slaves, sometimes babies were cast aside by the crew members for mere fun and entertainment (merely to pass the time). Babies that were stripped from their mothers arms died horrifically as their mothers melted emotionally from the sight of their babies being thrown over board, to be abruptly devoured by the sharks.

    After slavery was abolished the slave ships continued to actively transport slaves around the world, it was when a British or international policing ship was in sight that the captain of these illegal slave ships would then order the complete eradication of all the slaves on board, so they threw over board the big ball and chain which then pulled all of the slaves that was chained to that ball into the ocean to drown or to be eaten by the sharks.

    There was no governable system which accounted for the millions of persons that died as a result of these factors, although some captains maintained records of their human cargo many were afraid of arrest after slavery was legally banded, so they never kept records that would suffice as a tool for their own imprisonment.

    “Another inhuman practice of the crews of the slave ships was that of “bedwarming”. In this custom a member of the crew, or sometimes even the captain, would take a slave women out from the ‘tween decks during the night. The woman would be taken back to either the captain’s chamber or the crew’s living quarters and be beaten and physically forced to have sexual relations with the crew member. This practice demonstrated the complete rape of the African-American culture by the slave traders of the Middle Passage, both figuratively and literally.

    TIME FOR US TO STOP GETTING “shafted” WITHOUT EVEN A BIT OF VASELINE WHILE OUR MASTERS SHAG US BLIND WITH PHONEY LYRICS, PROMISES THAT ARE COMFORTS FOR FOOLS AND AN OFFER OF “pie in the sky when you die”!

    See more: http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/archives/Images/EducImages/SLAVERY1.gif


  17. @Anon,
    I have two simple solutions for your cynicism:
    1. Join the Jehovas Witnesses.
    2. Take some poison, lie down and go to sleep peacefully and forever.
    Result. No more problems of any kind.
    ee the problems Barack Obama is aving trying to get universal health care established in the U.S.? And we have unversal health care in Barbados, and complaining because we have to wait for attention
    As GP succinctly expressed it BOVINE EXCREMENT!!!.
    People just thrashing around to find something to complain about.


  18. @Anon,
    You have a very fertile imagination and should write books. The slave trade was an economic undertaking. No one who invests his money in an endeavour deliberately throws his money in the sea. You were not around at the time, and what you espouse is what someone else would have written; someone with just as fertile an imagination. No where in the history of sailing would it take nine months for a ship to leave the shores of Africa to reach any port in the middle passage so your first sentence sets the wrong tone. It cannot be factual. From there you go on your flight of fancy. Of course the treatment of slaves, and the conditions in the ships were inhuman, and the treatment barbaric, but that was not the case in every slave ship, otherwise the “investors” would not have made any money. It was in their interest to get the slaves to market in as good a condition as was possible, so that they could be sold for the most money.
    And what African-American culture are you talking about? There was no America until after the revolution (1876).
    The link you gave says nothing of value in this exercise.
    By the way sharks would not have followed the ships because of the smell.


  19. In the last month I have had to immediate family die one in Barbados and one in Canada, and quite frankly am shocked at the difference in care. My mother started to get dementia we had care givers coming in 6 times a day feeding her changing her doing laundry etc nurses would come and give physio for two years ,her doctor would visit every few weeks to see how she was doing when her time was nearing the doctor came everyday, nurses were offered to sit with her through the night any medication she needed was there, wheelchairs, bed with inflatable mattress was supplied anything that she needed she got. It will suffice to say the treatment in Barbados was well below what should be standard, it seems like you are on your own.


  20. BLACK POWER IN A WHITE SUPREMACY SYSTEM
    (excerpted from the Book, ‘Trojan Horse: Death of a Dark Nation”)

    “What about black people who believe in ‘black supremacy?’ You can believe in something like a prisoner believes in being the warden, or thinks he or she is the warden, but that doesn’t make it true. There’s a difference between being in a position and aspiring to be in a position.” — Neely Fuller Jr.

    Q: What is collective power?

    A: Collective power is the institutions and systems that benefit one group at the expense of another group, and allow one group to dominate another group in all areas of human activity.

    For example, when a white policeman shoots an unarmed black man (50 times), his fellow officers, the police chief, internal affairs, the union, the media, the prosecutor, the judge, and the jury will support, defend, and finance that white police officer’s “right” to shoot (murder) an unarmed black person. That is white collective power.

    It is rare for a white police officer to be punished for using excessive force against a black man, woman, or child. It is just as rare for a black police officer to use excessive force against a white person. In fact, the authors were unable to find a single instance of a black police officer shooting or killing an unarmed white person in the history of modern law enforcement.

    This is not surprising but it is absolute proof that the black individual operating within a system of white supremacy cannot mistreat whites even if he or she is wearing a uniform, a badge, and carrying a gun.

    Another example of white collective power is the mortgage and real estate industry, which systematically discriminates against black (and non-white) renters, home-buyers, and home-owners by:

    Red-lining – denying home loans to minority geographical areas.
    Reverse red-lining — targeting minority areas for fraudulent sub-prime home loans that are designed to self-destruct.
    Inflating home appraisals in racially changing neighborhoods to defraud (overcharge) minority home-buyers.
    Low-balling appraisals in minority areas to reduce home equity.
    Refusing to rent or sell to minorities in certain geographical areas.
    Raising property taxes in minority areas to drive minority residents out of desirable inner-city neighborhoods. (aka gentrification)
    Exclusion from special financing deals that are not generally known to the public, and are only offered to a select group of white buyers.
    blank

    Banks, real estate brokers, appraisers, and mortgage lenders represent INSTITUTIONAL RACISM (power) that is reinforced by the courts, banking, and government (systems).
    This does not mean blacks are less likely to abuse power than whites if given the opportunity. It means blacks cannot abuse power that does not exist. The proof: there is no place in America where blacks are collectively practicing racism against whites collectively.

    Q: Don’t black politicians and corporate executives represent black power?

    A: Not necessarily. Having a powerful position does not make a person powerful. For example, shortly after a female employee sued the XYZ firm for sex discrimination, Ms. X and Mrs. Y are appointed to the corporate board.

    They will be used as proof in the upcoming trial that the XYZ firm does not discriminate against women. Like most token board members, Ms. X and Mrs. Y are bench warmers; not policy makers. Their “powerful” positions are an ILLUSION designed to deceive the public and the courts.

    The black man or woman in a (public) position of power often serves the same purpose: to give the appearance that certain companies do not discriminate. These blacks may be qualified for their position; however, even that “powerful” black person – regardless of title — is still controlled by more powerful whites who limit whatever authority or power this black individual possesses.

    Q: If a powerful black person mistreats a less powerful white person, isn’t he or she practicing black racism?

    A: A black person whose power comes from a white institution will not be allowed to mistreat whites – unless he or she is following orders from more powerful whites. In a system of white supremacy, all whites are more powerful than blacks.

    A white supremacy system by its very NATURE forbids ALL non-white people – regardless of wealth, status, or position – from victimizing white people. Of course, a powerful black person can – as an individual – harm a white individual.

    For example, it was well known that OJ Simpson physically abused his white ex-wife, Nicole, but that abuse was limited to what he was able to do as an individual. Powerful blacks present no danger to the white collective but they can be extremely dangerous to other blacks. They are often rewarded for victimizing black people (doing the dirty work), and are usually following orders from more powerful whites behind the scenes.

    If they are not following direct orders, they will abuse other blacks: (1) for profit or career advancement; (2) out of fear of losing status or income; (3) out of fear of being lumped with the “inferior” black masses; (4) because of self-hatred issues, which they project onto other blacks; or (5) out of frustration because they have no real power (over whites).

    Even the most “powerful” blacks in America cannot practice black racism because it does not exist. Nor can they be black supremacists because black supremacy cannot co-exist within a system of white supremacy. They cannot practice white racism because they are not white. They cannot be racists of any kind; but are knowingly OR unknowingly agents (extensions) of the white supremacist system.

    If anyone disagrees with this premise and believes that blacks can be racist, he or she should be able to answer the following question:

    Name one thing that black people – as a group — have stopped white people – as a group — from doing that they had a RIGHT to do? For example, denying them the right to work, own a home, vote, live in a certain area, get a fair trial, an education, or use any public facility.

    Affirmative action is not a correct response. Affirmative action is NOT black racism. Black people did not create affirmative action, the terminology, or the where, when, and how it becomes a policy in Corporate America.

    Blacks do NOT have the power to implement any just or unjust policies at any white college or university. Whites control, name, legislate, and decide everything that happens within America’s institutions of power – including black institutions.

    If it can be documented (proven) that black people are COLLECTIVELY mistreating white people COLLECTIVELY in the United States, someone should write a book about it. The truth should be made public, even if it contradicts what is written here. Any corrections would be greatly appreciated in the interest of being as accurate as possible.

    Q: What about rich black entertainers and athletes? They don’t work for Corporate America. Isn’t that “black power”?

    A: All black entertainers work for Corporate America in one fashion or another. Corporate America controls everything that happens in the entertainment industry; whether it’s the movie, music, television, radio, news, advertising, publishing, or sports industry.

    It is impossible to be a successful black (or white) entertainer if you do not have access to movie theaters, chain music and bookstores, comedy clubs, stadiums, ballparks, cable, radio, magazine, and television.

    The corporations that control the airwaves, athletic arenas, retail stores, networks, movie and television studios, distributors, sponsors, and advertisers are more powerful than all the black entertainers combined.

    Money is NOT synonymous with power. Power is NOT a paycheck; even a forty-million-dollar one. The person with the most power is the one who SIGNS THE CHECK. For every black person who is paid in the millions, there are whites behind the scenes making BILLIONS.

    Q: If money isn’t power, what is power?

    A: Power is self-evident. Power answers to no one other than God, himself.

    Power is the ability to determine the status quo and who sits at the top of the pecking order.

    Power is the ability to determine what is news and what is not.

    Power is controlling the financial, political, and educational institutions so you and your kind benefit.

    Power is the ability to CONTROL your own images and the images of those who are less powerful than you are.

    Power is the ability to determine WHO goes to jail, for what crime, and for how long.

    Power is the ability to VOTE in an election and STILL HAVE THAT VOTE COUNTED.

    Power is other people coming to you to get what they need and you deciding how much they get.

    Power is the ability to feed yourself without depending on others.

    Power is the ability to generate and produce what you need to survive — which includes your own infrastructure and necessities: electricity, gasoline, water, housing, food, clothing, weapons, schools, universities, currency, banking, and hospitals – without depending on others for your survival.

    Power is the ability to decide what your currency looks like; how much it is worth; and how much it buys; whether it is a gallon of milk or a gallon of gas.

    Power is the ability to determine who lives where, how many of them can live there, and how long they can stay there.

    Power is the ability to move populations, and to determine what part of what city will be black and what part will be white.

    Power is the ability to own land that no one can take from you, even with eminent domain, because YOU make the laws.

    Power is the ability to punish a police officer for shooting an unarmed man 41 times.

    Power is the ability to rescue people from rooftops after a hurricane in less than four days, and to make sure a “Katrina” never happens in the first place.

    Not ONE black politician, poet, activist, entertainer, corporate board member, CEO, businessperson, millionaire, or billionaire had the juice (POWER) to pick up a phone, call the White House, and get ONE black person off the roof after Katrina struck.

    Power Is NOT…

    …a Mercedes or a Jaguar, a dozen rental properties, a good job in a Fortune 500 corporation, a dozen college degrees, or a Pulitzer Prize. It is not being the biggest rap star or black movie star with the most crossover appeal.

    It is not owning the biggest house on the block when the bank still holds the mortgage; the taxing authority can seize it for unpaid taxes; and the government can take the land it sits on by declaring eminent domain.

    It is NOT owning a black business when that business relies on white suppliers, bankers, dealers, distributors, contracts, and advertising dollars.

    This is not intended to demean or diminish the accomplishments of so many distinguished, successful, and talented black people, but it is time to be honest about our situation, if we ever hope to CHANGE it. We cannot afford to keep telling ourselves (the lie) that “the only color the (powerful) white man cares about is the color green.”

    If that were true, “white supremacy” would be called “green supremacy.”


  21. @Lawson,
    I once worked at St. Banabas Hospital for Chronic diseases in the Bronx. The care there was no better than what is given in the district hospitals in Barbados. You specified the care your relative in Canada got, what was different about the care in Barbados; apart from the 6 times a day visit by care-givers (wee these volunteers?) and the supply of wheel chair (presumably free) and the every day visit by her doctor. Of course you know he charges government for each of these visitsw.


  22. Alvin the difference is that in Canada the hospitals are working with the aged to keep them in their homes and provide a great quality of care realizing that it is cheaper to work with families than have them at the hospitals. My mother inlaw had a broken leg and was given treatment for dementia from your hospital. Thirty years ago they screwed up the amount of medication she should get and shut her kidneys down. But you know your care best and if it in your opinion it is great I would have to disagree.I would rather go private


  23. @Anon
    You’re beginning to sound like you’re lost in the backwash of disillusionment. Because, when you beginning to paint with a broad brush the actions of an entire people, you’re in essence doing a disservice to those persons who aren’t party to such actions. You ought not take an absolute position on any given issue ; the middle-ground is always the best option my friend.


  24. Anon said:

    “Power is the ability to punish a police officer for shooting an unarmed man 41 times.”

    _________________________________

    Amadou Diallo

    _________________________________

    Alvin said:
    Alvin Cummins | November 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM |

    @Anon,
    So what?
    ___________________________

    Alvin……..if you ever lived in New York for any length of time and understood what the stark realities of the US is really about………you would never ask so what…..it is all connected to what is happening to your brothers and sisters world wide….your experience in Canada would be vastly different maybe except for the racist attitudes to what obtains in New York and the other 49 states. In saying that, if we continue to pretend that most of what Anon says is NOT REALITY, we run the risk of seeing only one collective retain power and never see a balance of power in this life time.

    Alvin…….a friend of a friend in her 80’s went to the QEH for bowel discomfort, she laid on a bed for 4 weeks without the required care for her age, she is now unable to move period, she was very mobile before……..i will not bother to get into the ones who go there for little cuts and end up with one leg or legless, or one hand or handless, it will take up too much time.


  25. Anon, I understand clearly where you’re coming from, because I have been residing in the state of Connecticut for a little under thirty years. And had been the subject of police profiling on more than one occasion, but I have not allowed those experiences to change the person that I am. Yes, everytime I see a white police officer the thoughts of hatred, fear, and dislike crosses my mind, but I know for the part, that I am wrong in my analysis of most of these white police officers. Listen! Not every blackman you see walking the streets of America with his pants to his knees, is ignorant, violent, and in the want of a good education. And likewise, not every white man who wears the police uniform is racist, ignorant and hates the entire black race.


  26. @Well Well’
    I studied for my first degree at State University of New Yourk. I spent all my vacations with my aunt who oived in the Bronx (Prospect ave and 169th street). I know what New York was like in the 50’s, when discrimination was more rampant than it is now. I have not beenlican party back there since 1969 because I prefer not to. But I know what the u.S. is like even though they have a black president. I see their attitudes as exemplified by the obstructionist Republican party.
    Re people going in with “little cuts and coming out legless etc.
    How many of these were diabetics and did not even know they were. How many people check themselves, for example having regular check ups, and where necessary change their life styles? Your friend who at eighty had a bowel obstruction probably had ca of the colon, which might have been detected early with a timely colonoscopy. At that age, with such a problem, recovery is not guaranteed, even with the best of care. Similarly with those who suffer broken hips or legs.


  27. As the conventional dictum goes: The more things change, the more their remained the same. So we might as well resolve ourselves to this ever present reality, because there are just some conditions of human heart that we’re just not going to be able to change.


  28. …At least to those persons who have allowed themselves to be imprisoned by unproductive Ideas and their narrow ways of viewing their world.


  29. Alvin…………..there is absolutely nothing wrong with ANON letting our young people who read BU be aware of the realities of the US….they do not know and the government will never warn them……..the hardest thing is to know, unless they live it they will remain ignorant thinking the US is black friendly and when they arrive and have lived there for sometime they are shocked to find out otherwise…

    Alvin said:
    “How many of these were diabetics and did not even know they were.”

    ______________________________________

    Some of these individuals then got second opinions either in the US, Canada or Europe and they were asked, “why did the doctors in Barbados want to cut off your limb(s), you just needed treatment”…….Alvin do some research and you will find out the reason behind that..

    Alvin….turned out the lady with the bowel obstruction was ignored and not given the proper treatment……everyone does not have the same experience at QEH…


  30. @Well Well
    “turned out the lady with the bowel obstruction was ignored and not given the proper treatment…”
    Ignored by whom? I do not believe this story. If she had a bowel obstruction, she could not have been ignored for long. The need to stool would not allow this. Have you ever been constipated? I am sure that even cursory examination by a physician would reveal this and some sort of treatment; laxative, purgative, enema, x-ray would have been undertaken. There are too many faacilities in Barbados for this to happen. I blame the relatives who were looking after the person.
    I find your cynicism unsettling.


  31. Alvin said:
    “Ignored by whom? I do not believe this story.”
    ______________________________

    Alvin……once again you are in denial about anything that does not sound like everyone is perfect on the island……the same thing happens in other countries………by the way, the story is true, would you feel better if you heard it had happened in St. Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad, Dominica, would it be true to you then?? get a grip Alvin…..a child died in the QEH because of negligence, both parents worked at QEH, tell me that is not true as well….


  32. Anywhere in the world if you are a “walk-in” you will have a long wait.

    What do you expect?

    To go before the people who have real-real emergencies?

    To go before those people who have made an appointment?

    Stupse!!!!!!!!!

    I went to a nice, expensive private clinic a few days ago and between the history, the wait, the examination, and the x-ray, it was 3 hours before I walked out of the door.

    But I am not complaining. The staff all knew what they were doing. The patient is well and happy now, and I am glad that I had the health insurance so that I did not have to overburden the QEH with a minor but temporarily very painful complaint

    As Dr. Georgie Porgie said a medical clinic or hospital emergency room is not a fast food restaurant.


  33. @ANON November 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM ‘Modern medicine…is a marriage between BIG PHARMA and the lost ethics of the medical community”

    Not always true. I my case last week the doctor did NOT prescribe any[BIGPHARMA]thing, because prescription drugs were not required since the illness/injury was self limiting.

    There are still a lot of very decent health professionals out there.


  34. lawson November 26, 2013 at 7:05 PM “. My mother inlaw had a broken leg and was given treatment for dementia from your hospital. Thirty years ago they screwed up the amount of medication she should get and shut her kidneys down.”

    If she was still living 30 years after a medical screw up that shut down her kidneys, my guess is that the screw up was decidedly non-deadly


  35. @Well Well “i will not bother to get into the ones who go there for little cuts and end up with one leg or legless, or one hand or handless”

    You know that this is not true.

    Because nobody goes to the QEH for a little cut.

    More than likely the person had long standing diabetes.

    More than likely they had for decades failed to obey their doctors with regards to diet/exercise/medicine.

    More than likely what you and they describe as a little cut was the beginnings of very, very bad gangrene.

    Do you really believe that the QEH’s doctors cut off people’s legs (and arms) for bare sport?

    The QEH’s doctors are not paid by the piece you know.


  36. Georgie porgie

    dr charles was getting pay two consultants pay form the crown a year thats a big sum you JA. If yo dont have an appointment do u expect to jump ahead of other patients. Dr Estwick is who discovered the discrepancy.

    Doctors pt pressre on other doctors if they see more patients than the suggested amont. Doctors dont like systems of monitoring and evaluation, they attempt to break down wevery system.

    When u make a statement u shold back it p with facts. If the doctors arrive at work late woldnt the patient waiting time increase.

    I dont shoot from the hip, I have six very close family that are doctors.

    They are specialist who hardly see private patients and when get to see them they arrive very late to see the patients. It happened to me twice. Not that I cold not have paid for the activity, bt I wanted to see if what people were saying abot the specialist were correct.

    What about doctors see patients privately but prescribing medicine from the hospital stock.

    what about doctors abandoning patients to the public system after they have no more money.


  37. dr charles was getting pay two consultants pay form the crown a year thats a big sum you

    HOW CAN YOU GET TWO CONSULTANTS PAY?

    I WORKED IN PRISON FOR DEFENSE FORCE ETC TOO
    ITS A PART TIME THING THAT FEW BAJAN DOCTORS IN BARBADOS WISH TO DO
    IT IS INCONVENIENT TO DRIVE FROM YOUR HOME TO BE AT ST ANN’S FORT TO SEE THE SOLDIERS- IT USED TO BE ABOUT $300 PER MONTH OR 75$ PER “PARADE” AS IT WAS CALLED

    IT IS MENTALLY GRUELLING TO SEE THE LARGE NUMBERS OF MEN IN PRISON IN ONE AFTERNOON
    THE MONEY TO SEE THE PRISONER’S WAS ALSO LOW
    NO ONE REALLY WANTS TO GO SEE THE PRISONERS

    IF A DOMINICAN DOES WHAT BAJAN DRS WONT DO SHOULDNT HE BE PAID?

    WHAT CONTRIBUTION HAS DR ESTWICK MADE TO MEDICINE IN BARBADOS.

    DR CHARLES SERVED IN CASUALTY FOR MANY YEARS

    RE I have six very close family that are doctors. SO WHAT
    LOL IVE BEEN A DR 34 YEARS
    I ALSO HAVE very close family that are doctors.


  38. Simple Simon…
    “Do you really believe that the QEH’s doctors cut off people’s legs (and arms) for bare sport?”
    “The QEH’s doctors are not paid by the piece you know.”
    ___________________________________

    Contrary to what you just said, I understand that is exactly what happens, $30,000 per leg, that is why i asked Alvin to do some research, this is no laughing matter or nothing to lie about.


  39. Well Well “Contrary to what you just said, I understand that is exactly what happens, $30,000 per leg”

    Please woman. Don’t be silly. Don’t let people fol you.

    Do you really think that sensible Bajan families would pay $30,000 to $60,000 to have their parent’s legs amputated? when the parents have “just a little cut”

    Bajans just like Americans or Canadians use 50 cents worth of plaster for “just little cuts”

    Amputations are serious business, expensive, disabling, a last resort. And public patients are not charged anything. The procedures are funded through taxes.

    The families are billed directly zero.

    And I don’t see wealthy families paying $30,00 to $60,000 to amputate for “just little cuts”

    $60.000 would buy lots of Band Aids for just little cuts.

    Or a second opinion at any hospital in the world.


  40. Simple Simon you are very wrong, just as bajans would not pay to have things amputated I don’t think they make a habit of calling for a priest to give the last rights either which happened in my mother in-laws case . I believe that the treatment she received at that hospital was sub par by my standards and contributed to her dementia .What that hospital has going for it is that most people cannot afford a legal fight and the energy and time involved to proceed with one .Don’t get me wrong there are good qualified people working in hospitals and if you are lucky to get one all the better. But to deny that things happen that shouldn’t or blame the patient for their own demise defies logic. If you want a good doctor ask your doctor who his doctor is. but when an emergency happens it is the luck of the draw who you get.I read in your newspaper about all these people living past 100 and most of them say I have never been to a hospital ……EXACTLEY


  41. I believe that the treatment she received at that hospital was sub par by my standards and contributed to her dementia
    COULD YOU EXPLAIN THE PATHOPHYSIOLOGY HERE SIR?


  42. @Well Well.
    Some event must have happened in your life to fill you with such cynicysm. you say the story of the woman with the bowel is true, except tht up to now you have not said Ignored” by whom? If she went to the hospital and was ignored, again I ask for clarification. Why didn’t the relatives insist on her examination by a physician? How long did she have he obstruction? How did they know it was a bowel obstruction? Was she dehydrated? Was she just constipated? Did her relatives take her to a private clinic? Sid they take her to a specialist (gastro-enterologist?) Did they take her to a polyclinic ( I am assuming this was in barbados) and if she went to anyone she would be seen, so she could not, and would not be ignored;after all even if she is the last patient there they could not close the clinic with her in there. See how illogical your contribution is> It does not matter whether it was in Timbuctoo my answer would be the same I still would not believe it because doctors, although they are also human beings and subject to human frailties, still have a special attachment to patients. Mistakes happen, and having both parents working in an institution is no guarantee that everything will go as planned. When I was in Binghamton the government shut down the Binghamton general hospital completely send home all the staff.. Someone had mixed up sugar with salt that was used in the children’s nursery. A number of children died as a result. Things happen.
    @New Blood: Here is a scenario.
    You had a broken leg that was attended to by the specialist, who is also attached to the QEH. You have an appointment to see your specialist at eleven o’cock in the morning. He has just finished operating in the QEH and is about to come to the office. Before he can leave the hospital, a bus that has bee taken a busload of people to a cropover fete, while going down Horse Hill suffers from brake failure. The bus strikes a wall. Some people are killed, a large number are severely injured, many have broken bones and such injuries. They are quickly taken to the QEH, into the emergency department and it is realized that many will require orthopedic surgery. Solve the dilemma for the authorities and the surgeon. You have now been waiting for an hour after your scheduled appointment. Who should take priority, you, or the patients in the emergency department who need his services?
    I await your answer.
    @Lawson, They lived, and are still living; I have a friend whose grandmother will celebrate her hundred and third year in February, because they lived healthy life styles. Lots of ground provisions, lots of hard work, an abiding faith in their God, and regular purgings (Well Well take note).Therefore they did not have to go to hospital. Not many of us today will live that long; unhealthy life styles.
    )


  43. GP it wasn’t that long ago that doctors and barbers were one in the same, I believe the trauma that this woman went through hastened her dementia. That is what I believe. The elderly can have delusions ect caused by a urinary tract infection, and even if treated may not return to the way they were before the infection. Stress can have devastating results on the body from depression to heart ailments to diabetes, stomach ailments to headaches. So when a otherwise healthy women goes into a decline after her miss care its hard not to relate the two. Many times over my career I have been called to perform cpr at a doctors office, I have watched as the head city doctor did nothing as we aided a girl dying in his living room So just because a doctor says this is not related to me that and 75 cents will get you a cup off copy..


  44. LOL @ Lawson
    It may surprise you to know that despite the very best of intentions and even resources, training and equipment….people DIE…
    No one knows this better than doctors…..
    …so when a heart deteriorates to a certain level that a person WILL die…either now, next hour or tomorrow……what the hell you want a doctor to do…..?
    …say “… Lazarus come forth”…?

    EVERYONE HAS to die……don’t get tied up. What is IMPORTANT is not which particular hour or second or even day one dies, …BUT HOW one lived…..


  45. Are you not supposed to be playing with that big black camel toe that island girl has been dangling in front of you .lol Maybe you should bring that vet GP along with you to make sure it is still alive


  46. @ lawson | November 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM |

    I don’t think the Bush man knows what is a “camel toe”.
    He is a man who operates in the dark in a ‘slam, bam, get out of my hut, slut’ sort of way. He has no time to examine the finer shape or intricacies of the Camel Toe printed out as if in the buff. LOL!!!


  47. You Miller and your pal Lawson will be surprised…..no…shocked…to know what Bushie knows…. 🙂
    …not as much as David does though… LOL Ha Ha


  48. @Alvin

    In my case there was no emergency, I was told that that was the norm of that doctor. I am quite cognisant that emergencies come first, but that arrogant specialist did not have the decency to apologise. All the other persons who were waiting were grumbling, i let him knew how i felt because I had an option; health insurance.

    I keep saying we need more specialists in Barbados and that is why of development scholarships should be given in those areas,

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