Minister of Health John Boyce has expressed regret to the family of Ryan King, who was injured while undergoing surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in April.
King, who had been rushed to the QEH for a gunshot wound, was on the operating table when the table collapsed as the doctors were completing the procedure.
“I want to assure the family that the risk management team at the hospital is taking care of all the issues around that,” Boyce said today following a media report that King and his mother had complained about a lack of empathy by the hospital.
Boyce also announced that a replacement for the faulty operating table was being purchased at a cost of US$94,000.
“It is not just a bed, it is not a table, it is a very important piece of equipment required,” Boyce told Barbados TODAY in a brief interview after delivering the feature address at the 16th Annual Professor E R Walrond Scientific Symposium at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital auditorium.
He added that the incident was a clear indication that the hospital needed to carry out regular checks to ensure safety.
“Obviously incidents like this point to the fact that we need to be more rigorous in terms of our maintenance checks, but at the same time we are grateful that nothing worse occurred and we can still carry out electric surgeries, especially in cases of emergencies,” he said.
The minister added that he hoped the 44-year-old King, of Hutson Alley, Reed Street in Bridgetown, would have a full recovery.