Minister of Health John Boyce says he will be meeting with stakeholders this week to discuss the changes to the Barbados National Drug Formulary in light of the concerns raised.
Boyce, who was speaking Saturday at the celebrations for World Health Organisation (WHO) held at the Oistins Bay Gardens, said his ministry wishes to clarify the changes to new drug formulary which came into effect on April 1.
He said a meeting could be held with concerned stakeholders as early as Monday, April 9.
“We want to ensure that the best solution is made for Barbados and that we continue to enjoy the kind of health care and the kind of health treatment that we are accustomed to,” Boyce said, adding that changes made to the drug formulary are “usually very minimal”.
During his address, he applauded Barbados for its ability to assure free public health care for its citizens, with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital recently receiving a gold award by Accreditation Canada.
“A fundamental aspect of the health care system in Barbados since independence has been the pursuit of the goal of health access for all citizens and residents within the economic resources of our country, in this regard Barbados has performed creditably,” Boyce said.
Also present was Dr Godfrey Xuereb, representative for the World Health Organisation and the Pan-American Health Organisation who stated that a healthier country creates an industrious nation.
“As we become a healthier nation we become a richer nation, we become a nation that can work better, can produce better and can also make Barbados a healthier nation,” he said.