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QEH hurdle

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

QEH hurdle

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It isn’t predicting higher fees or a cutback in services, but the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is heading to the point where it won’t have the money to fully maintain its wide-ranging patient care programme.
Chief executive officer Dr Dexter James spoke of the problem facing the island’s No. 1 health care institution last Thursday and advised policymakers to act swiftly to solve it.
“We are getting very close to that day in which we will not be able to sustain the packages of services we provide,” he said in answer to a question from the audience about sustainability of hospital services.
He was speaking at the first public accountability review meeting of the QEH, entitled Reflections On The Past And Future Directions at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
James said sustainability was “an interesting but troubling question because the packages that we currently provide are unsustainable if we do not dispassionately address the question of financing”. (JS)