REAL NEWS: The fractured primary healthcare system does not appear to be getting any better, as nurses at several clinics have been complaining about the lack of tools and medication and the physical condition of the facilities.
One of these is the Glanvilles Polyclinic, which, since its opening, has been plagued with issues.
According to Senator Alex Browne, the United Progressive Party (UPP) caretaker for St. Phillip’s North, the most recent complaint by nurses at that facility is that an unpleasant odour is emanating from the building.
The premises are not being cleaned properly, Browne says he was told.
Additionally, due to challenges with the All Saints Clinic, persons from that community have been directed to the Glanvilles Polyclinic for medical attention.
However, Glanvilles residents and those from the surrounding communities are claiming that the patients coming from All Saints are receiving better treatment than they are.
It is alleged that a doctor who usually operates from the All Saints Clinic refused to see a woman from the local community when the practitioner assigned to the polyclinic was not on duty.
Browne claims the woman was told it was “not her day,” which, he says, he finds ridiculous.
Meanwhile, up to now, the clinic is experiencing issues with water, which recently forced it to close early, the UPP caretaker adds.
Senator Browne says the Gaston Browne Administration and, in particular, Minister of Health Sir Molwyn Joseph need to address, seriously, the shortcomings in the healthcare sector.
He reminds the Government of its responsibility to ensure that the people, especially the elderly and the young, have access to proper health services.
The health of a nation is its wealth, the senator notes, and this administration appears not to care about the population and the quality of care it is being offered.
If the polyclinic were being utilized properly and for the people’s benefit, there would be some improvement in the healthcare system, Browne believes.
For instance, he says, there are other amenities that could be offered at the facility, which, he says, is large enough to accommodate a pharmacy and dentistry services.
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