While acknowledging that the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
was experiencing some challenges in procuring medication
from pharmaceutical companies, Barbadians were given
the assurance that officials of the Ministry of Health would
continue to work with suppliers to ensure proper health
care was delivered.
Minister of Health John Boyce gave Barbadians this
assurance today at a Press conference at the QEH
where he and senior personnel in the Ministry of Health
addressed the issue of a shortage of drugs brought about
by insufficient funds.
“Finance has occupied the minds of policymakers in the
Ministry of Health, and more recently it has attracted the
attention of the media. I think specifically of a story carried
in the print media which dealt with the situation at the QEH.
We are not here to deny any of the facts that exist, but
certainly what I want to do is to assure Barbadians that we
continue to work with our suppliers.
“We work with our specialists at the QEH; we work with
our consultancy team; and we work with our management
team at the hospital to ensure that those patients who
require treatment, even when there may be shortages,
[have] access to medication . . . .
“I am continued to be assured by the Drug Service that
it is a clearly written rule [on supply of medication in critical
cases] in respect to the management of the QEH. These are
tough economic times and I do not think that anybody wants
to give a different picture. There is no point pretending that
we can continue doing business as usual.
“We have to put our fingers on areas of wastage; we have
to put our fingers on areas of efficiencies, where we can
improve efficiencies; and we have to put our fingers on a
term we adopted of engagement.
“Engagement is where we are talking about our workers,
our staff, our management team really being involved in
our overall objective we are trying to achieve for our of
Barbados,” Boyce added.
The minister told members of the Press that this was the
message that the administration was sending to Barbadians
that it would ensure that they have access to health care.
“I want Barbados to be comfortable that that is our
job, as the Minister of Health; it is our job, as the QEH;
and we are not reneging from that challenge or challenges,”
Boyce said. (NC)