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Inniss raps abuse of public funds


Trevor Yearwood

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From pilfering in the washrooms of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) to patients hoarding medication and landowners leaving it to the state to debush their properties, Barbadians are doing heavy damage to the national health budget.
Minister of Health Donville Inniss made this charge earlier today as he addressed the weekly lecture hosted by the Democratic Labour Party at its Belleville St Michael headquarters.
All this translates into an abuse of public funding which could be better spent on helping people truly in need.
Inniss said successes had been reported in every area of public health care since the DLP came to power in January, 2008 but abuses of some systems and a lack of concern continue to be major sources of worry.
He complained that while Government was paying pharmacies $1 million a month to dispense medicines under the Barbados Drugs Service, some patients were abusing the programme by “hoarding medication” and “doctor-shopping” or moving from one physician to another for diagnosis and a new set of medication.
In both cases, patients would have accumulated much more of the Government-subsidised medication than they would have needed.
Inniss said pilfering was also a problem at some health care institutions, with a number of QEH visitors using plastic bottles to collect hand-washing liquid from the dispensers. 

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