QEH ‘found on last legs’
PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY in the Ministry of Health Irene Sandiford-Garner yesterday told the Senate that when the Democratic Labour Party [DLP] took over the reins of Government in 2008, it found a Queen Elizabeth Hospital [QEH] that was “limping on its last legs”.
During debate on the Medical Profession Bill, 2010, Senator Sandiford-Garner said nothing worked at the hospital then, other than the staff who did their jobs against the greatest of odds.
She said that in three years the DLP administration had commissioned a surgical intensive unit which was a state-of-the-art facility. She added Government had reopened a cafetaria for staffers that had been closed for over a decade. She said a multimillion-dollar electrical upgrade had been undertaken to safeguard against situations where there was a power outage when surgeries were being conducted. She noted this possibility had been a reality at the QEH for over a decade.
The senator said pharmacies had been revamped to better serve the needs of citizens, and this included providing them with data on personal healthcare and information on how to avoid and deal with chronic non-communicable diseases. She stated that improved signage had also been a feature at the QEH. She also revealed that work on the elevators would soon be completed.
Sandiford-Garner said improvements had been made in general administration to improve conditions for staff and patients, noting that two ambulances had also been purchased.
She praised staffers working in the records department, indicating that they did so under extremely difficult circumstances. But, she added, efforts were underway to bring that department into the 21st century. (WG)