Cabinet members quiz hospital chairperson about long waiting times



The Director of the SLBMC and the Chairperson of the Board which governs the hospital were invited to address the issue of “waiting time” at the Emergency Room at the SLBMC.

The challenge of all emergency rooms is determined by the volume of patients who present themselves for emergency care.

More than 40,000 patients present themselves before the SLBMC each year. The research reveals that most are in need of “urgent care”, not “emergency care”; nevertheless, all who show up are treated.

The SLBMC is working to increase the number of doctors and nurses in the Emergency Room, in order to reduce the waiting time of patients.

An increase in the number of doctors at the Clinics is also being worked-on, since “urgent care” is dispensed at clinics.

The many clinics throughout the country fall under the control of the Chief Medical Officer.

Hence, increases in doctors and scheduling changes can be determined by the CMO, and not the Director of the SLBMC, the Cabinet was informed.

The proposed changes to the functioning of the clinics will be addressed shortly, the meeting indicated.

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  1. Scheduling of doctors is not the only thing needing to be addressed. Any water in the clinics? Doctors and nurses resigning cause they tired of the shitty pay and being mistreated by the health secretary
    People pass the clinic cause they can’t get an ultrasound done at no clinic. Why can’t private doctors get paid a copay from government to see public patients?
    Look like yesterday was a cabinet day for plotting how to let Antigua people suffer some more.

  2. @seeing the forest, good suggestion
    Does the cabinet know that the two china funded polyclinics are just a waste of good housing land?
    Does the cabinet know that the monthly salary of the director at sir Lester bird hospital is equal to the annual salary of many government doctors?
    Has the cabinet ever been to the hospital for care, or do they only fly out to private overseas facilities using their posh private health insurance?

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