Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has lauded the assistance offered to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) by philanthropic individuals and organizations and the private sector.
He extended that commendation over the weekend while delivering the feature address at the 50th Anniversary Gala and Special Awards of the QEH at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
“You are genuine friends of Barbados. We believe that you know the value of this institution compared with the many that you see in other places. We acknowledge that work continually needs to be done to improve all aspects of the operation of this hospital. We know that you understand the challenges of the QEH and wish to help with the solutions. We gratefully accept your assistance and pledge to use your contributions in the best way possible,” Stuart said.
In lauding the contribution made by the business sector during the current turbulent economic times in ensuring that a line of credit remained open for vital drugs and medication, the Prime Minister said: “Thanks also go to the private who has stood by the QEH in good times and bad times also.”
Earlier, the Prime Minister told his audience which included distinguished members of the medical profession that after 50 years the QEH was “still alive, effervescent and strong, shortcomings and imperfections notwithstanding”.
“It still stands tall among its parallels in the region. For half a century, the QEH has been a shining symbol of quality healthcare, and the standard bearer for its delivery at the secondary and tertiary stages, both to the people of Barbados, and to the people of the region,” he said.
“Countless patients and their relatives can testify to lives that have been saved or to good health that has been restored as a result of its impressive stewardship.”
Citing statistics to bear out his argument that over the past 50 years the administrations at the QEH have been doing many things right, he noted that it manages a patient throughput of 21,000 admissions annually; 90,000 outpatient services; 3.7 million laboratory investigations; 11,000 surgeries; over 40,000 diagnostic imaging studies; and 42,000 visits to the Accident and Emergency Department.