The shortage of a doctor at the Glebe Polyclinic, St George, has led to an asthmatic child suffering with a pain in his chest being turned away around 2:30 p.m. today.
In an interview with the Barbados TODAY, the upset parent of the child expressed concern that her son was turned away at that time of the day, especially given his condition.
The parent indicated that she was told that the clinic had closed for the day and was taking no more patients and she should either seek attention at another clinic or take the child to a private doctor. However, speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Senior Medical Officer Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand apologized and said: “I am not aware of the case, but I would like to apologize to the parent of the child. I am aware that there are usually three doctors assigned to the Glebe Polyclinic but one reported ill today and did not turn up for duty.
“One of the nurses could have referred the child to the Winston Scott Polyclinic where there is a fast-track unit which is opened from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.”
Ferdinand promised to speak to the Senior Health Sister at the Glebe tomorrow to ascertain the details of the case. The Senior Health Officer was attending a meeting today and could not be reached for a comment.
Barbados TODAY understands that the parent took the child to a private clinic for medical attention.