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Revenue increasing with new B.R.A.

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Revenue increasing with new B.R.A.

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GOVERNMENT’S REVENUE is already showing an upward trend since the institution of the Barbados Revenue Authority.
And Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler is imploring Barbadians to “pay your taxes on time … and we will have enough money to do the things we want to do”.
He told the House of Assembly today revenues were “coming back up” and he reminded that Government relied on compliance by taxpayers to meet its obligation to provide certain services to the public.
This, as he described the current reported crisis at the Queen Elisabeth Hospital, as a situation that is “imminently manageable”.
An emergency meeting called by the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) yesterday alerted members about “critical shortages” at the island’s main health care institution. Today Christ Church MP Dr Maria Agard brought a motion for the adjournment of the House “on matters of urgent public importance”, to discuss the situation at the hospital.
But in response, Sinckler said he had the responsibility to intervene and would “do so promptly as required”.
He gave the assurance there would be an injection of funds “in a few days” to ensure that the facility was “kept in a state of proper functioning to protect the public of Barbados”.
Sinckler said contrary to popular belief, the cost of the hospital’s medical supplies for the last year was $15 million, representing eight per cent of the budget; while drugs, at a cost of $16 million dollars, accounted for nine per cent.
The largest expense, the Minister of Finance said, was a salaries and wages bill of $118 million. (GC)

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