REAL NEWS – All elective surgeries and non-emergency surgical procedures were were cancelled at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre on Monday, July 17, because a critical piece of equipment – the sterilizer – is out of operation.
A source informed REAL News that a notice had been sent out to the affected medical personnel at the behest of Medical Director Dr. Albert Duncan.
Commenting on the situation, one doctor describes the hospital as having “no redundancy at all” – meaning that there is no effective Plan B to be put into operation in such circumstances.
Another tells our Newsroom she agrees with the notion that the entire country is on autopilot and leadership is lacking.
Accordingly, she says, the medical fraternity, with God’s help, simply does what it knows is best. Complaints about the hospital’s services continue to mount and have even made their way into this year’s calypso offerings.
Residents have told news that the wait for certain tests – particularly in the eyecare clinic – is inordinate, while some lab work simply cannot be undertaken at the medical centre.
Other shortcomings include poor sanitation, which recently led to an infestation of rats that shut down the hospital’s kitchen; the shortage of vaccines, sheets and pillows; a faltering air-conditioning system; and inadequate maintenance, overall.
Only a few weeks ago, the Browne Administration was forced to admit that a hyperbaric chamber – a 2018 donation from Ambassador Calvin Ayre – has been inoperable for years.
As a consequence, persons suffering from decompression sickness have had to be airlifted to Guadeloupe for treatment.
Many of the clinics are in no better shape, patients say, with the All Saints Clinic and the Clare Hall Clinic being among the latest casualties of the healthcare system.
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