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Appalling conditions in hospital service

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM

I would like to bring to your attention the appalling conditions of the hospital service in Jamaica.

My dad has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer. The treatment he has received since his diagnosis has been absolutely atrocious.

Each time he goes for an appointment, it's either they have misplaced his file or he has to spend the entire day sitting and waiting while the nurses do nothing.

There has been no bed sheets or toilet paper available in the hospital. How can the hospital not possess the necessities to care for its patients?

The porters refuse to take him to the ward if there is no tip. His blood needed to be tested and the phlebotomist asked if he didn't have any money to give her. He had to give $500 to ensure his blood was taken in sufficient time. How can someone working in a hospital require a tip to do a job they are already paid to do?

The worst of it is, he has been unable to get medication in the hospital, as it's not available there. My mom was told she needs to source it herself. How can a hospital not be able to provide medication for its patients?

If the medication is not available, shouldn't the hospital be responsible for sourcing it? The patient is ill, after all. He has cancer for crying out loud! Are they going to sit and watch while my dad dies because he doesn't have the money to go private?

I am absolutely appalled that this behaviour is allowed to take place in the hospital!

Where is the duty of care?

My dad has worked all his life, paid his taxes, and now that he is unable to work, the country that he loves and dedicated his life to has abandoned him!

I am bringing this to your attention in the hope that these issues can be highlighted and given the necessary attention it requires. I am also hoping this will give the government and the Ministry of Health the push they need to take some action.

This should not be happening at all in Jamaica. Urgent action is required.


Simone Palmer