A WAR OF WORDS has erupted over the state of health of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) between a former Minister of Health and the incumbent minister. Former minister Dr Jerome Walcott has charged that a shortage of “vital supplies” was being experienced at the Martindale’s Road, Bridgetown facility due to its indebtedness to some of its major suppliers and that was affecting its operation. Inniss is however saying such indebtedness issues were nothing new and he was “not aware that the level of care has been compromised by indebtedness to suppliers”. In any case, the Government of Barbados would honour any debts owed to suppliers. Walcott charged that the shortage resulted from the QEH's inability to pay some $3 million to Stokes & Bynoe, $2.5 million to Brydens Distribution, along with millions owed to Collins Limited and other businesses. Full story in today’s DAILY NATION.