Great Expectations for the QEH

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Submitted by Heather Cole

My disclaimer is that I will take to my grave the belief that a nurse named Christine was responsible for my mother’s death at the QEH. It was the same Christine who had befriended her when she was hospitalized a few years prior and when she was released would call her which we thought was a nice caring gesture until she started to ask my mother to loan her money to pay her bills. We wondered how many of the other vulnerable old people she was doing this to. Some persons thought that we should have sued the hospital when my mother died but we did not. It would have simply gone into those pile of cases that never become resolved. Perhaps every family has a story to share. Sadly, the QEH is the only place where the poor must go when they become ill and without money they have accepted that any visit can result in their untimely demise.

To this day I do not even know if there is a complaint system in place because 2 years ago, I personally took to a letter of complaint against another nurse and to this day I have not even received a letter acknowledging receipt. I now wonder if this is the standard operating procedure of all government departments.

From where I sit in the Diaspora, the main concerns of the persons that I have spoken with regarding returning to Barbados are always the same. It is the fear of losing their hard-earned money to some lawyer who does not honor their fiduciary role in an investment whether for house or land. It is the fear of being a victim of gun violence as has recently occurred. It is also the fear of becoming ill in Barbados and not being able to access proper patient care. It speaks volumes when Barbadians in the Diaspora do not want to return home.

I have no concerns regarding nepotism, qualifications, experience, salary or political affiliation regarding the holder of the position of Executive Chairman of the QEH. My concern is with the great expectations that I have for the holder of that position. For me the holder of that position MUST be the one to finally correct the decades old problems that have been allowed to encapsulate the QEH. They are so many problems that one does not know where to start. There is the unacceptable level of patient care, the length of time that it takes to be seen by a doctor, lack of supplies, lack of equipment, maintenance of the equipment, maintenance of the plant, shortage of nurses and doctors, nurses who prey on the sick and vulnerable and nursed who become angels of death.

Ultimately there seems to be no standards in place when is comes to delivery of services to the public by the QEH. This level of health care delivery has also spilled into the private sector. Several persons that I have known took ill, went to the private doctor, were prescribed medication, took it and died.

Without knowing the job description of the position, or the day to day activities; it is a case of caveat emptor (let the buyer beware). We have not been told what this new position of Executive Chairman will bring or what separates it and places above the position of Chairman. The physical plant of the hospital has not extended, no new ancillary facilities or other hospitals or care facilities have been added to its responsibility. If it is the intent of Government to build a new hospital being the Executive Chairman of both hospitals would give us a better understanding of the role and its responsibilities. However, I look forward to Mrs. Bynoe Sutherland sharing her intent for the position, her goals both short term and long term. Despite the lack of information, I have great expectations because I view the role of an Executive Director as an opportunity to make wrong things right and to overcome the past limitations of the QEH. I am hoping that the new Executive Director is up to the task, as the old saying goes to whom much is given, much is expected. Failure must not be considered an option.

Ultimately, I only have one measurement of her success, though it will take some time. It is quite simple and will resonate with everyone. I simply want the day to come when the rich, the wealthy, the well to do, the upper class and the political class in Barbados all go to the QEH to seek medical attention instead of jet-setting to Miami and New York. I do not want the poor to be the only ones receiving patient care at the QEH but everyone else in Barbados; the delivery of patient care and its related problems must be resolved and changed from unacceptable to world class. If Mrs. Bynoe-Sutherland can achieve this as a testament to her success; no one will be concerned about nepotism, qualifications, experience, salary or political affiliation; as confidence in patient care will give all a new lease on life, but time will tell.

151 thoughts on “Great Expectations for the QEH


  1. @ “there is no shortage of money at the hospital for supplies, medicines or food. So why would patients suffer so? And here’s a small part of what the voices in my head are fighting over: While we sit on the outside and take purely political positions on every aspect of life in our country, the most vulnerable suffer.”

    Dear Roy: Believe it or not some of us are NOT partisan. I have happily voted for both the DLP and the BLP, and I hope to vote for both parties in the future.

    Yes diabetes is in my family too, my grandmother dead at 72 in 1957, not much medical care available then for poor people. My mother dead at 85, my brother at 80 living with diabetes (he is blessed to have an excellent wife who keeps him on the medical/dietary/exercise straight and narrow, and he is sensible enough to take the excellent advice of a nurse of more than 50 years experience). I am diabetic too, like GP diagnosed in 2012. GP is right. Of course prevention is better than cure, but once diagnosed patients MUST obey medical, dietary, exercise advice. This morning I cleaned 6 windows and three doors in and out, my pre-Christmas “spring” cleaning and my exercise for the morning. I may do a couple of hours on the land this evening. My experience with institutions has been that regardless of how good the institution is, it helps a lot if the family remains very closely involved. My mother was at one time hospitalised at the QEH for 10 weeks, my father, my two sisters and I ensured that we visited every single day, and often twice a day. I was working about 10 minutes walk from the QEH at the time and I often walked over a lunch time, to spend even if only 15 minutes with her. She lived at home for almost ten years after her discharge.

    That said. A patient should NEVER, NEVER have to wait hours to have a diaper changed. That is inexcusable.

    I often disagree with GP, and he cusses me from time to time, but ya havta give Jack ‘e jacket.

    What Dr. GP has said above about diabetes is 100% CORRECT.


  2. SIMPLE SIMON
    I THOUGHT YOU WAS A “LIGHT SWEET” BUT DIDNT KNOW YOU “TOO” SWEET?
    DIDNT KNOW YOU IS “SWEET BREAD” A GONE FORE I GET CUSS


  3. RE my brother at 80 living with diabetes (he is blessed to have an excellent wife who keeps him on the medical/dietary/exercise straight and narrow, and he is sensible enough to take the excellent advice of a nurse of more than 50 years experience). I am diabetic too, like GP diagnosed in 2012. GP is right. Of course prevention is better than cure, but once diagnosed patients MUST obey medical, dietary, exercise advice

    NOTE WELL FOLK he is blessed to have an excellent wife who keeps him on the medical/dietary/exercise straight and narrow, and he is sensible enough to take the excellent advice of a nurse of more than 50 years experience)

    SUCH CARE TENDS TO KEEP YOU FAR FROM DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS


  4. Just read Roy Morris fb page as he described the uncouthed and despicable state of the QEH much having to do with unkempt care of his friend who recently died
    Along with the slow or dont carish attitude of nurses help


  5. It is so sad that a country which pride itself on Pride and Industry had now been downgraded to Pissy and Poor
    Yet we have a govt which now applauds itself of having millions in reserves while the social enviroment is falling appart
    God help us all


  6. To whom it may concern or to whom the cap fits,

    The long wait for a diaper change was going on long before the BLP took over. In fact I myself had occasion to witness and smell such and hear the anguished cries for relief of an elderly patient while the DLP formed the administration.

    Where was the outcry when the contract of Dr. James was renewed just before the election many many months before his current contract had expired?

    What you say often is quite true. But it was also true of the government you wholeheartedly supported. Until you acknowledge that you are part of the problem you are facilitating the perpetuation of this vicious circle and cycle or downward spiral that ends not with just pissy or poor but with the suffocation of the masses in the deep shitty pit!

    Until you preface your criticism with clauses such as “I acknowledge that it was so under the DLP administration but….” your comments, though true, only add to the problem.

    I feel I can hear the laughter in your comments that the BLP government is falling short of its promises. It is as though you wish them to do so much worse than the DLP that we will feel we have no choice than to vote back in the DLP vultures to pick our bones.

    Please note that if we are at the bottom of a pit toilet and covered in shit our carcasses will not be edible, not even for vultures.

    Who will rid us of this infernal party politicking?


  7. Thanks for the kind comments, GP. When it comes to Barbados I believe we are on the same team. It is your home and we are your extended family for better or for worse, no matter how frustrating.


  8. about DIABETES: HERE IS A GOOD RULE OF THUMB

    DIABETES MAKES ANY AND EVERYTHING YOU MAY HAVE WORSE!

    ANY AND EVERYTHING YOU MAY HAVE MAKES DIABETES WORSE!


  9. Why would anyone think that the deplorable state of the QEH is a laughing matter
    I belive that the point of MR. Morris concern is to ring a more urgent bell in the hearts of govt and the people and as he quoted one dau coming he might be in a similar position and treated with the same manner and disdain at the QEH
    I don’t read into Mr. Morris story about his friend nothing of comedic value.but a person stating openly the nature of the beast that lies within the halls of the QEH
    My only comment towards thos govt is the quickness of finding funds to pay White Oaks and tax waivers and write offs
    However cannot find with the same zeal and quickness to bring the necessary concerns of the QEH under a stable enviroment and sutabke enough for the human stomach tp take


  10. To clarify. My brother’s wife is the nurse. A woman of more than 50 years nursing experience. Married to my brother 50 years. They do look our for each other, which is good especially in old age and in sickness.


  11. @MariposaNovember 2, 2019 6:53 PM “Why would anyone think that the deplorable state of the QEH is a laughing matter.”

    NOBODY thinks “that the deplorable state of the QEH is a laughing matter.”

    As sensible people we know that very likely we will grow old or sick or both, and that we will need good competent people to provide care.

    Nobody is laughing.


  12. Donna: You may want to try switching your corn flakes for oatmeal/oatflakes. Cooks on the stove or in the microwave in about 3 minutes. Much, much cheaper than corn flakes. Tasty. A whole grain. When I was working I would cook a pot of oatmeal before my morning shower. By the time I have showered, dried and dressed the oatmeal is like Goldilocks’ porridge Not too hot, not too cold. Just right. Add some low fat milk and a sprinkling or cinnamon or nutmeg and you are good. Or you can cook a bayleaf in the oatmeal. Nice flavor bayleaf.


  13. Wanted to place this under the Caswell item…

    Let me lift this quote and [place it in a place where I hope it remains uncontaminated from the voices of warring factions.

    “Actually, the cause of much of Barbados’ decay can be laid squarely on the shoulders of its citizens. We have nourished and nurtured nationally destructive attitudes. We have aided and abetted wide-scale corruptive practices.”

    This is a view that I share.
    We citizens play the game when it suits us. We complain when we are victims of the game.
    We have that relative that we would insert into an organization regardless of his/her classification.
    We have a friend who knows someone who can grant us a favor,
    We ask that strings be pulled and are proud to demonstrate that we have powerful friends.
    We have a political system that sweeps out one group and put in another which must ensure that it supporters take their turn at the trough.

    Look at the comments at the Caswell QEH tpost….
    Some would deny the woman the post because of family connection
    Some believe that she should get the job at all cost but invoke works like qualified and best
    Some believe that there should be a policy in place so that we can hire the “best’ candidate
    Inevitably, it broke down into two groups of supporters.

    I believe that the hiring of folks is one area that needs fixing by having processes in place.

    As a people we have no guiding star. We have no common direction. We look at the two big lights in the sky and though they are going in the same wrong direction we are forced to choose one over the other.

    We have to reject both these parties and work towards becoming a more fair society; one that treat all citizens, rich or poor, with respect. We need to figure out how to give my son who may be better or lesser qualified the opportunity to compete. Equally must be more than a word.

    Mia has entered the farmyard and sees
    the broken gate,
    the barn door off the hinges,
    broken windows in the house,
    the pump in the yard not working,
    the dogs chasing the chickens and she just don’t know where to start.

    “Leh me take a trip do”.


  14. @ SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife November 2, 2019 7:50 PM
    “When I was working I would cook a pot of oatmeal before my morning shower. By the time I have showered, dried and dressed the oatmeal is like Goldilocks’ porridge Not too hot, not too cold. Just right. Add some low fat milk and a sprinkling or cinnamon or nutmeg and you are good. Or you can cook a bayleaf in the oatmeal. Nice flavor bayleaf.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

    If you eat that healthily from day-to-day and engage religiously in rigorous exercises of all kinds from childhood to old age how come you are afflicted with diabetes?

    Is it written in your genes or are you just an unlucky version of Goldilocks who has been cursed by the sweet-tooth fairy for a ‘big bad wolf’ hiding behind a cape of marital misfortune worn by the little red riding Hood?


  15. @ SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife November 3, 2019 1:23 PM

    What about that ‘sensitive’ girl for pea as in “C” hiding behind that man-looking hood? Is she “Sweet” too? Or should we ask the big man from “whiteHill” if she is only good for a ‘rubbing and tribbing’?


  16. Get the shit people out of the hospital and employ the worthy bajans. In all areas stop screwing around with equality and colour and get the job done. Bajans should want to go home if only to eradicate the rats. Stop complaining and act. And stop being led by or influenced by people who have no heart, only lots of talk which denegrate. Love yourselves and love your country. I do.

    And get some proper Diabetic medical officers while you are at it.


  17. Now that the PM has seen first hand the physical and psychological ravages that diabetes can wreak on the human body and the resulting impact on the country’s health services what is her government planning to do to counteract this coming tsunami of ill-health especially among the working age group (most productive) sector of population?

    Is she going to pay hypocritical lip service like the previous administration or is she going to be proactive and bite the bullet of opposition from those who have a vested interest in slowly poisoning the bodies of hapless Bajans?

    How about introducing a “FAT TAX” on those big fast food chains?

    The same way the government has imposed a ‘sugar tax’ on sweetened beverages produced locally why not on those foods which are believed to be contributing to the massive spread of NCD’s? There is NO need to invent a new wheel to turn the taxation regime; just an add-on to the existing VAT system.

    Not only would the consumers of these fast food fares be making an upfront contribution to their inevitable healthcare for their NCDs but the Treasury would benefit from the short-term improvements in the fiscal situation.

    Here is a ‘fat-tax’ well ripe for exploitation!

    Please use your real 20:20 vision and include in the next budget a proposal which should attract very little opposition.

    Please make sure next year’s “We Gatherin’ event is turned into an opportunity for some go(o)d ole Bajan home-cooking instead of buying a spot in the fast-food lane to an early grave like poor “Miller”.


  18. re How about introducing a “FAT TAX” on those big fast food chains?
    WHY?

    FAT CAN NOT BE CONVERTED TO SUGAR

    IS FAST FOODS REALLY THE PROBLEM PER SE OR IS IT INSTEAD THE ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES THEREIN?

    WAS THAT JOINT THAT SOLD LIVER CUTTERS IN THAT ALLEY NEAR THE OLYMPIC SELLING FAST FOOD TOO FOR YEARS?

    WAS GWEN WORKMAN OR JOHNIES BAR IN ST JAMES NOT SELLING FAST FOOD TOO FOR YEARS ?

    THE DIFFERENCE WAS THIS FOOD WAS ALL FRESH WITH NO ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES THEREIN?

    IF WE MUST BAN AND TAX………LETS BAN AND TAX ALL FOODS WITH ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES THEREIN


  19. @ GP November 4, 2019 11:15 AM
    “IF WE MUST BAN AND TAX………LETS BAN AND TAX ALL FOODS WITH ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES THEREIN..”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Is there something called a ‘Cock Tax’?

    The “FAT” Tax is just a ‘street’ or urban term for an imposition of a ‘Sin’ penalty on gluttons; just like taxes on alcohol and cigarettes users.

    We don’t subscribe to the ‘Banning’ malarkey but would entertain the idea of imposing more taxes on foods laced with additives and preservatives as a way of making the heavy consumers of such foods pay in advance for their public health costs incurred down the road.

    The taxation system is not only for the ‘forced’ collection of money to run the public sector but also a tool to modify human behaviour; generally for the better.

    Why do you think the policymakers in government are rather reluctant to decriminalize the use of the recreational whore called ‘Marijuana’ as in the case of alcohol, tobacco and gambling?

    Because she is one difficult ‘fishy’ b***tch to catch in the tax net; paying johns or no Johnny!


  20. In other words, we would prefer to put second best, or third best in a job where almost every decision comes down to “life or death”, purely for partisan political reasons, while Miller and many more suffer.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Roy Morris shared some serious issues within the QEH among its Staff Nurses.

    However he sunk to the same low with the above comments.

    Who is he or Mia to judge who is the best, second or otherwise?

    Especially with NO TRANSPARENCY OF ADVERTISING FOR THE POST AFTER THE RESIGNATION/TERMINATION OF DR JAMES.

    This is a slap in the face/insult to other AVAILABLE Barbadians LOCAL OR ABROAD who are qualified and competent to Manage the QEH but are not part of the BLP crooked and dishonest Party.


  21. Roy Morris is a loose cannon and a dirt bag
    He threw his friend under the bus to fight Mottley dirt tricks
    But then again how can a man who was accused of rape have any moral character
    What a bone headed loser
    God help.barbados


  22. I’m hoping that given Mia’s first hand experience of her friend’s medical state due to the ravage of diabetes leading to kidney failure, she would move swiftly passing legislation allowing for the harvesting of organs from deceased donors. Mr Morris, those individuals on dialysis could use your help in lobbying the government, do this in memories of your friend whom those nurses treated like shit.


  23. Mr Grnville Philips of solution Barbados, do you not recalled about two weeks maybe less, we had a long conversation at a grocery store in St Philip where the topic of kidney harvesting came up?


  24. @ Mariposa

    Roy Morris is a loose cannon and a dirt bag
    He threw his friend under the bus to fight Mottley dirt tricks
    xxxxxxxxxxx

    These are the type of tactics used locally to justify pushing an agenda or individual.

    Pity locals continue to accept shit while thinking it is honey.

    MIA MOTTLEY IS NOT A GODDESS OR HER LACKEYS ANGELS OR KNIGHTS IN SHINNING ARMOUR.


    • Oh for puck sake… I need a kidney, what the hell with these smart ass or stupid questions?


  25. oh so you are not a seller but a buyer or wanter of a kidney?
    i just asking sir………..we call dat teking a history suh. lol


  26. Once we are through overdosing on the US presidential elections, we will return to earth and look again at the problems at the QEH and its shortage of beds.
    What happens if there is a major outbreak of an unexpected disease, or a major road traffic accident, or any serious health problem? What plans has the government put in place to deal with this problem as a matter of urgency?
    Or, is our attention deficit such that we cannot discuss two issues at the same time?

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