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UWI, QEH ‘must change model’


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all governments for the last how many years and this Government, we have advised, The chairman of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) Programme monitoring committee says the financing models of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) should be revised.

Edward Clarke, who is also the chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association, was speaking at the monitoring committee’s press conference held to discuss the release of its first report on Friday at the Sagicor Building, Wildey, St Michael.

The committee is scrutinising Government’s progress in reaching the targets agreed to with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It is made up of representatives from the private sector and labour movement.

He said the QEH and the UWI were two of the largest public institutions on Government’s books.

Must be revised

Clarke said the committee felt the way the two entities are funded must be revised if Government is to continue its transfers within the agreed ceiling without accumulating arrears or without challenging the ability of the QEH or UWI to provide effective service to the public.

He explained 33 institutions cost Government $486 million, which was just under the $495 million limit.

“You cannot lower the level of services, so you have to transform the way you do business and the way you fund that business. And that is why we are saying that to maintain the level of service, the level of education at the tertiary level, there has to be a review,” he said.

“We know the funding of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been of concern to and I know it is being reviewed,” he said.

no doubt that the financing model for the University of the West Indies has to be reviewed has been looking at how the UWI funding model is looked at. But there is (HLE)