QEH on Death’s Bed

The recent announcement that Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland was appointed Executive Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Board triggered the interest of the blogmaster. Many in the know immediately wondered about the correctness of the decision appointing Minister Dwight Sutherland’s wife to the onerous task of leading the Board. Time will tell if she is able to improve QEH operations.

What the blogmaster found interesting was the accompanying statement from Minister of Health and Wellness Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic explained in the following BT newspaper extract.

At the end of August, Government announced that a mutual agreement had been reached for the separation of former CEO Dr Dexter James from his role at the 600-bed institution. Dr James had been on extended sick leave since February. Director of Support Services Louise Bobb has been acting in that senior position since that announcement.

Readers will recall that days before the last general election former CEO Dexter James’ $257, 129.64 contract was renewed  for 4 years although the contract had 18 months to run. Former Minister Boyce ensured his golf buddy a sweet deal.

Minister Bostic is a minister in a government that promotes transparency, however, he neglected to apprise the public of the several thousand dollars taxpayers paid to James to permit a non litigious exit. The majority of Barbadians are numb to what has transpired in this one example and it makes the blogmaster very angry. How is this happening and at the same time Barbadians are being asked to hold tight?

Successive governments have mismanaged the QEH. Despite the band-aiding by DLP and BLP talking heads, what cannot be refuted is the perennial unavailability of supplies at the QEH resulting in the inability to deliver efficient health care. Individuals who can afford it will access private  health care. The upside is that some doctors in private practice are laughing all the way to the bank.

The  partisans in this forum will blame the Bees or Dees. What these partisans are blind to is both political parties continue to engage in practices that protect the political class. Unfortunately the bidding of political parties has forced the QEH and other institutions in the country to the ‘knees’. How can a people boast of being highly literate yet succumb to partisan beliefs on every issue? What is the criteria for selecting Board members and senior management? On what basis are contracts for services to the hospital issued? Is it based on a transparent tender or RFP policy?

Barbadians were promised better with the transition to Board management at the QEH. Instead there appears to have been a deterioration. The physical plant is embarrassing to look at, constant shortage of supplies compromising health delivery, low employee moral,  corrupt selection process of suppliers, inefficient decision making by administration.

Sensible Barbadians must ask the question- if we cannot efficiently manage our primary health care facility what does it say about our skill set as an educated people?

Were recommendations contained in the Richie Haynes report implemented?

216 comments

  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @GPOctober 19, 2019 2:19 PM “IN THE USA EVEN WITH THE BEST HEALTH INSURANCE IF YOU DONT HAVE AN APPOINTMENT YOU HAVE TO FIND SOME EMERGENCY ROOM AND PAY THROUGH YOUR TEETH…SOMETHING THE POOR CANT DO. IN THE USA THE POTUS FIGHTING TO LOWER DRUG PRICES. WE ESTABLISHED A DRUG SERVICE AND A FORMULARY AND DID THAT SINCE 1980.”

    i had a conversation with Donville once. He was at the time the Minister of Health. He told me that he preferred the U.S. system of health care. He probably thought that i was a little old lady who had never left Barbados, who was not knowledgeable about how the U.S. system works.

    I terminated the conversation.

    In the next election I voted “B”

    Since he prefers the American way, I leave him up to the Americans.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    DavidOctober 19, 2019 9:50 PM “@That was Rawle Eastmond.”

    Not yet three score and ten, but looking a bit shaky when last i saw him.

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  • Bajan common sense. These commuters putting the maguffees to shame.

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  • “Since he prefers the American way, I leave him up to the Americans.”

    lol..one would think since he cares so much for Canadian crooks, he would have preferred the Canadian healthcare system…dumb as a rock and love to boast about which high school churned him out..

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  • @GP
    10/19/2019
    That was not mocking and rocking. Brilliant batting and bowling.
    Full of information and showing the course of history of some of our national institutions.

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  • Anyone following the debate in the Senate today would have concluded the state of the QEH is more dire than outlined in Thai blog. What are we doing educated Barbados!

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  • ANY DETAILS?

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  • @GP

    Listen about 30 minutes in from start.

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  • WALCOTT TALKING BULL

    HOW CAN YOU GET SPECIALIST NURSES WHEN YOU HAVE A SHORTAGE OF NURSES?
    HOW CAN YOU HAVE GENERALS WHEN THERE ARE FEW FOOT SOLDIERS?

    CASWELL FRANKLIN IS RIGHT WHEN HE SAYS THIS IS ALL CHIEFS AND NO INDIANS.

    LOTS OF TALK ABOUT MONEY 7 STRUCTURE
    SEEMS WHAT IS MORE NEEDED IS FOR FOLK TO DO THEIR JOBS EFFICIENTLY AND PROMPTLY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM AND BOTTOM TO TOP (NO PUN INTENDED TO WALCOTT)

    I AM SURE SIMPLE SIMON CAN GIVE DECENT ADVICE, AS SHE DID LAST WEEKEND

    FRANKLIN IS RIGHT WHEN HE SAYS ALL CHIEFS AND NO INDIANS

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  • LOST SOUND SOON AFTER CASWELL BEGAN SPEAKING BUT HE WAS MAKING MORE SENSE THAN WALCOTT

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @GPOctober 23, 2019 2:59 PM WHAT IS MORE NEEDED IS FOR FOLK TO DO THEIR JOBS EFFICIENTLY AND PROMPTLY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.

    Good advice. I can’t add a thing.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    I’ve changed my mind. Since i am still a tax payer, 17.5% on toilet paper etc, property tax etc. I am that according to Dr. Walcott, there is $13.1 million that cannot be accounted for when stock taking was done and has had to be written off. I am poor people. For we poor tax payers $13.1 million is a whole lot of money. I am vex that the last audit was in 2011. How can an institution which sucks up hundreds of millions of TAX PAYERS money each year, fail to have an audit done between 2012 and 2019? How does that happen? Dr. Walcott also mentioned another$7.1 million that has disappeared. Disappeared to where? If the money is not in the QEH’s accounts, it must be somewhere else. Matter can’t just disappear.

    I am worried too about the level of “sickness” of senior officials at the QEH. If senior health officials have not been able to take care of their own health, how can i trust them to take care of mine? The former CEO so sick that he needs months of sick leave.The Director of Finance resigned recently? Why? The audit person resigned too?

    Caswell paid $30,000 for his gall bladder surgery at “another place?” Why? I had gall bladder surgery fairly recently, and I said “not fah shite” I ain’t paying fah mine, because in my last year at work i paid about $30,000 in combined income tax, VAT and property tax, so like hell I ain’t paying $30,000 for no gall bladder surgery. The QEH had to do it “free” because I felt that after more than 40 years of paying taxes the QEH owed me. I had to wait 8 months for it, but I am tough.

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  • Caswell is correct! Made a lot of sense.
    Speaks of
    Creation of chiefs and not enough Indians
    Government find jobs for their friends and family and party hacks
    Lot of the money going into salaries
    He recalls past leadership of QEH ….and he is correct about that
    Says to put resources into folk who actually treat patients instead of executives, instead of
    Creation of chiefs and not enough Indians
    Has superstructure to give money to friends
    Need for folk who actually treat patients instead of executives

    Caswell is correct!
    Nurses poorly paid start at level of senior clerk z23-not paid for what they are worth and for what they are doing
    Foreign recruitment
    Regional exam you are training folk to work in Barbados not the region
    He is correct about the Regional exam —it is rubbish since no one prepares them for that exam
    We should train our nurses to be able to function in Barbados
    Caswell is also correct about the 24 hour polyclinic system

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    I am worried that Caswell paid $30,000 for gall bladder surgery. i called a friend of min who had gall bladder surgery withing the last five years. Friend paid less than $10,000 for the surgery.

    Caswell should check around, because some people may see him as “Mr. Deep Pockets” and charge him $30,000, while another person pays less than $10,000

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @David blogmaster “The recent announcement that Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland was appointed Executive Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Board…”

    Dear David: Did you mean appointed, or annointed?

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