Submitted by Dr.Georgie Porgie
I woke up this morning to read this rubbish in the SUNDAY NATION NEWSPAPER of Barbados.
BARBADIANS SHOULD SOON have access to totally free medical attention. The lone offshore medical school operating here, the American University of Barbados (AUB), is only awaiting word from Government to start such clinics. AUB president Meesam Ali Khan said the clinics were delayed because of certain permissions needed from Government, for which the process was ongoing.
AUB is also in talks with the Government for placing super-specialty doctors in their polyclinics for specialised medical care in the field of medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, surgery, and so on. “The benefit of this will be that the Government polyclinics will have super-specialty doctors without the Government having to pay for it. “It will also benefit the patients because they won’t need to wait for an appointment at the [Queen Elizabeth Hospital], which is already overworked,” said Khan. (SP)
What rubbish? Since September 1985, long before the American University of Barbados (AUB), was conceived, access to totally free medical attention was the norm in Barbados has been the norm. The American University of Barbados (AUB), needs to explain to the people of Barbados where and when and how these clinics will be staffed and where they will be set up.
The Government of Barbados needs to explain to the medical fraternity in Barbados what it is going to spring on the people of Barbados in association with the American University of Barbados (AUB). Is AUB implying that they are no specialists in Barbados in the field of medicine, paediatrics, orthopaedics, surgery, and so on? Are they going to hire UWI trained doctors and specialists? Where will they bring these super-specialty doctors from? India? Mars?
When I read about “The benefit of this will be that the Government polyclinics will have super-specialty doctors without the Government having to pay for it, I think BEWARE OF THE GREEKS BEARING GIFTS. Since 1978 there have been and increasing number of Offshore Medical schools in the Caribbean. Never before has such an offer been made. Why was not such an arrangement not been made before? Why did not our fumbling Government negotiate such in the terms of they being here in the first place.
How many Bajan doctors are teaching at AUB now?
THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A PLOY BY THIS SCHOOL WHICH IS HAVING DIFFICULTY IN FINDING SITES FOR CLINICAL ROTATIONS OVERSEAS. This is a ploy to fool the students of the school that working or following doctors in these clinics that this is the same as their clinical training. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THE OFFSHORE MEDICAL SCHOOLS ARE FINDING IT INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO GET CLINICAL ROTATIONS IN THE STATES AND ELSEWHERE.
WHO WILL SUPERVISE THESE CLINICS?
ARE OUR PEOPLE TO BE USED AS GUINEA PIGS?
WHAT RULE WILL BAMP AND THE BARBADOS MEDICAL COUNCIL HAVE IN THE SUPERVISION OF THESE CLINICS?
CAN A BUNCH OF INDIANS RUNNING A MEDICAL SCHOOL JUST WALK INTO BARBADOS AND FOOL THE BARBADOS GOVERNMENT JUST SO?
WHAT IS GOING ON?