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$22m rescue pill

Albert Brandford

$22m rescue pill

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Government is injecting $22 million in emergency funding into the cash-strapped Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) with $2 million available immediately and another $20 million “within five to ten days” to ease a critical shortage in medical supplies.
This was disclosed yesterday by Minister of Health John Boyce in the House of Assembly during debate on a rarely used motion for the adjournment of the House “on matters of urgent public importance” – the first attempt in 20 years – brought by Christ Church West MP, Dr Maria Agard.
The shadow minister of health said it was an effort to draw attention to a “dire crisis” and pledged the Opposition Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) willingness to join with Government in a bipartisan initiative to address the health care issues.
Agard’s motion, to which the House allocated two and a half hours debate, followed a directive from the QEH to doctors on Monday that only “urgent and emergency” medical procedures would be performed at the facility with immediate effect.
That announcement came after an emergency two-hour meeting by the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP), attended by the hospital administration, at which it was confirmed there was a critical shortage of basic and essential supplies.

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