Hospitals - are they for us or against us?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
We often hear stories of the patience one has to exhibit whenever one visits public hospitals, clinics and other government entities.
Having been registered as a patient at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) for more than two years, I must say, has made me realise the truth in knowing that being poor is really a crime.
Imagine being diagnosed with a simple condition that still has not been addressed by the hospital after four scheduled surgery dates, three of which have been cancelled because of machine malfunction or lack of air conditioning in the theatres, with many months between appointment dates.
Lack of options
I feel for people who cannot readily employ the services of private healthcare to escape the horror and emotional trauma these services often render.
One has to be cognisant that while we understand that the country and its ministries face their own challenges, it is unfortunate that it is to the detriment of citizens' health.
I am, however, mindful that the doctors, nurses and other staff at the forefront, who often bear the wrath and impatience of customers/patients, are not responsible for dysfunctional equipment and/or inefficient services. However, it should not be at the expense of citizens' well-being.
Do better, health minister and ministry!