While welcoming a media report that an offshore medical university resident in Barbados planned to offer free clinics, Senator Carol Lady Haynes is concerned about such services “springing up” uncontrollably.
Lady Haynes today voiced her anxiety in the Senate during debate on the Caribbean Accreditation Authority Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (Incorporation) Bill, 2016, which was approved by the Upper Chamber.
The measure provides for the implementation by Barbados of the agreement establishing the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for education in medicine and other health professionals.
Lady Haynes referred to a recent media report that the American University of Barbados (AUB) was awaiting Government approval for it to offer Barbadians free treatment at AUB clinics.
“I am really concerned with what exactly that is and how that works into the system,” she said.
“If the offshore schools will be providing free clinics it would seem to me that once it is with the correct supervision, the polyclinics would be the ideal place to do that. I would have a concern of free clinics springing up all over Barbados outside of our health system.”
However, she said supervised introduction of the AUB’s free clinics into the polyclinics would be welcomed, because, “I know that our polyclinics have been sorely overloaded over time”.
She reported that polyclinic doctors complained at a Barbados Association of Retired Persons meeting over the weekend of each having to see 40 to 45 patients per day.
“That is really an impossible load,” the senator said.