The Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners says it is willing to work with Government to find solutions to some of the issues that now concern them arising from the 2013 Budget.
In a statement released late this evening by the organisation after a meeting of the fraternity, BAMP said there were a number of areas of the Budget that had left them with concerns.
“It was generally agreed that the current staffing levels at the QEH [Queen Elizabeth Hospital] are not optimal and any removal of the locum or temporary doctors employed in the healthcare system will not be without an effect on the quality of care and safety of patients.
“With the QEH already facing shortages of basic supplies and cancellation of surgeries, we do not see the institution of any further reduction in the hospital’s budget as being without detrimental consequences,” the doctors said in a release through PRO, Dr. Lynda Williams.
While it noted that members turned out to the meeting in their numbers to voice concerns, the association also stated: “BAMP has an upcoming meeting with the Minister of Health to discuss these issues.
“We are willing to work with the government to find solutions that will ensure that the people of Barbados receive the best healthcare possible.” (LB)