Some of those who turned out for the Barbados Labour Party public meeting at Carlisle Carpark. (Picture by Sandy Pitt)
Let common sense prevail!
This was the plea from Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic to the unions and other officials involved in the discussions on the 24-hour polyclinics.
While addressing hundreds at the Barbados Labour Party’s public meeting at Carlisle car park in Bridgetown on Sunday night, Bostic urged them to see the proposed around-the-clock service as a plus for the poor.
"Persons in this country who have the means, who have the money can afford to go to Sandy Crest and FMH and those private clinics after hours.
But we have a large portion of our population who do not have that luxury in their pockets and who will depend on that 24/hour service,” Bostic said.
Government’s plans to turn the Winston Scott Polyclinic and the David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex into 24-hour clinics had to be postponed on two occasions; once in October last year and from June 1.
The latest postponement came after more issues were highlighted. The National Union of Public Workers, the Unity Workers’ Union and the Barbados Nurses Association are to meet again to discuss a solution. (TG)