Princess Margaret Hospital to be restructured

The Princess Margaret Hospital

Health Minister Julius Timothy is promising a difference in services in a soon to be revamped Princess Margaret Hospital.

According to Timothy, the operations at the Princess Margaret Hospital will be restructured and Dominica will have a “relatively new hospital” soon.

“We are re-organising the entire hospital and we intend to have a relatively new hospital operating early next year,” he said at a recent public cabinet discussion. “The new hospital is a gift from the Chinese government and the intention is to equip that hospital with the latest state-of-the-art technology.”

Timothy said the health ministry is in the process of training nurses so that capable staff will be in place to operate the equipment and to perform services at the hospital.

According to him, a number of health care professionals are also undergoing specialized training as part of the improvement of health services on the island.

“We are now in the process of getting some more specialists. We have sent Dominicans to specialize in oncology, vascular surgery and orthopaedics among a few other fields. We are really getting that on stream.” Timothy said.

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108 Comments

  1. Nunya
    March 27, 2015

    Much more cost effective to bring in a bacco, level the existing structure and put a landing pad and helicopter to take people where all the MPs go (and come out alive)

  2. Christy
    September 25, 2012

    O THANK GOD!!!!! Yes…

    I feel for the nurses who work there and the patients who have to sleep on those beds…Talk about nosocomial infections by just being there…. eeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!

  3. Dominicanpearl2
    August 14, 2012

    Come on, can we find a way for the birds not to poop so close to the emergency room. Real embarassing. A very dedicated Dominican siser is mopping the poop with a mop. The areas with old furniture under the cellars looks like a dump. Very disgusting. Some people do not believe in prayer but I do. When we had the lecto scare, several of the guys from Alford word were outside during the day. It was just too depressing in there for them. The atmostphere in the hospital is not very calming and condusive to getting better, I’m telling you, there’s no breeze from any mountains. The little old ladies were sweating on the ward. Very sad. This is my experience, and I do not live in DA. Love the Isle of Beauty, but let’s put our trust in God, not a hospital or a doctor. Death comes to everyone and is everywhere, but I’d rather be sick in a US hospital than DA PMH. Just my opinion. Am I not entitled to it?

  4. NY, NY 10025
    August 11, 2012

    This state-of-the-art technology should also include malpractice insurance so the unfortunate patients or patient’s relatives could be compensated.

  5. Visitor
    August 10, 2012

    WAITING TO SEE THE RECONSTUCTION AND HOPE THIS INCLUDE ELIMINATION OF THE ODOR. WAIT

  6. Justice and Truth
    August 10, 2012

    Some people as ‘Princess’ give precedence to air-conditioning. She refers to the U.S. versus Dominica and A/C. Well, the U.S. is the U.S. and Dominica is Dominica. None are to be compared in this manner with the other.
    The hospital windows in Dominica are generally opened letting in the morning and evening breeze, some from the mountains.
    The hospital windows in those big countries are closed to prevent dust, rain, pollution and whatever else from entering the rooms. It is necessary that they remain closed. Furthermore, if it is hot and humid, opening the windows will not help. People are even told to keep their drapes, doors and windows closed to keep out the heat. There is no air circulating at that time unless it is windy.
    Note the difference. The buildings in Dominica are constructed for the warm weather.
    The buildings in the U.S. or Canada or Great Britain are constructed for the winter – not summer. The buildings are insulated to keep out the cold in winter. In winter, the heating system is on. In summer it is the A/C.
    In those countries, if especially hospitals do not have A/C, the patients could get dehydrated even though they drink water and could die. I am certain that you have heard many people die of the heat in those countries, the majority of which occur in the homes.
    During summer’s heat wave, residents are warned, especially the elderly and those who reside in apartments, if they do not have an A/C to go to a Library or other government building which has A/C be it temporarily.
    I recently heard that the Mayor of Toronto said he will be looking into having every apartment dwelling equipped with A/C. I hope this is not all talk. Some landlords are cheap and may not want to spend that amount of money. Yet, some of them charge tenants when they use an A/C.
    Reason being for the past three years we have had some unusually (abnormal) hot and humid weather. We hardly have had rain this summer. It may be climate change. For those previous years, winter was also mild.
    This is an example to inform you that you should not compare the U.S. to Dominica. The weather is totally different. Should anyone have concerns and suggestions about equipping the DA Hospital with A/C, they should address it to the authorities. They are the decision-makers and are in charge of spending the money and how it should be spent.

    • Princess
      August 11, 2012

      Thanks for the reference but you make no sense. A human being is a human being regardless of where they are. If you talk about climate, there are some states that have the same tropical climate as Dominica. That is the least of reasoning why patients should be sticky and humid and frustrated in a hospital.

  7. Dominicanpearl2
    August 10, 2012

    I concur with the comments of Miss Bronx abd FLORIDA. We know exactly how this works. I’ve been to hospitals in DC, NY, Florida and Maryland. We know better and have seen better. We can’t compare to DA. Any improvement to PMH is welcome. I love my Fellow Dominicans, but my greatest fear is getting sick in DA. I just cannot fathom the system, lets’ pray for better… Please better late than never, but we need this like 20 years ago.

  8. miss bronx
    August 9, 2012

    I posted a comment earlier and it was in the “waiting to be posted stage” but i guess it didn’t meet all standards right? This is the only blog that fails to post people’s comments. like seriously….why it the editor or whomever is monitoring the comments before they are posted doing this? It’s one thing if people are writing profane language or making sexual comments etc but com’n what i wrote was no where to being disrespectful… What is up with DNO and this bull? Folks need to start boycotting this site because is nonsense ya’ll are doing…

    • Justice and Truth
      August 10, 2012

      @ miss bronx

      I take it that you are residing in the Bronx, N.Y. Do you ever write to Newspapers, TV and Radio Stations as also CNN? It is to be expected that not all comments are posted. They also do not reply except in certain circumstances. If you are aware of that and comprehend it they do reserve the right to post them or not. They should not be questioned or reprimanded about it.

  9. Tumble, Back kick
    August 9, 2012

    I love DA dearly but before we even go to the hospital the first place we have to give personnel training is the customs, port authority and immigration. We fail miserably in customer service. That is the fist impression we give to visitors and as the saying goes we rarely get a second chance to give a first impression.
    Vaya, the whole country needs a course in courtesy!!!

  10. Princess
    August 9, 2012

    The Princess Margaret Hospital is a National Embarrassment, so it is with joy and gladness that I read this news. I cannot understand how any logical thinking politiican would not see this as a priority. Hopefully to come with the building is a makeover of the nurses attitude. I apologize for the nurses who are pleasant and sensitive, but there are more unpleasant ones than positive ones, so please forgive me.

    As much as we speak of bad customer service in Dominica, the worse I have received was at PMH. The casualty has to be priority. Patients in pain, patients who are dying are asked to sit and wait. No sense of urgency and priority for some nurses. Thank God some doctors who happen to be in the front are there to quickly pull in some patients, other than that, crapaud smoke the patients pipe.

    OH yes, a restructuring is much needed, better late than never, so we welcome it.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 10, 2012

      @ Princess

      Please do not state that the P.M. Hospital is a national embarrassment. People in bygone years put up with it, why should you not. The government can only do so much. Repairs, restructuring and constructing cost money which does not grow on trees. The money has to come from somewhere. Do you know the saying, first things first? You must be understanding and patient.

      • Nunya
        March 27, 2015

        “first things first”…like a stadium an un-needed president mansion, a road widened, a school, then and only then we look at a “refurbished” pit toilet of a hospital???????? Not the new “State of the Art” hospital promised, just a polished up infested mess + a likkle training. The staff is not the glaring problem here. They can only do so much with so little.

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    • Veronica
      January 24, 2013

      I have to agree with you on the customer service. I had the worst experience at the Doubeni ward ( please excuse my spelling). I was verbally abused by a so called nurse who added insult to injury by implying that I could not read. After having traveled for almost two days to see a sick relative, I truly felt like smacking this child and putting her straight. Behind a drawn curtain I then heard another nurse verbally abusing my 84 year old aunt. When I pulled the curtain back she at least had the decency to look ashamed. The hospital was in a terrible state… Ants everywhere, including on the patients. If there has been restructuring…this needs to be applied to the insolent attitude of the so called nurses.

  11. Mrs B
    August 9, 2012

    I just hope and pray the level of deaths up there will go down steadily after the building is restructured

    • Princess
      August 9, 2012

      I think the death rate is really high, this should be any Dominican worse fear, being admitted to PMH.

      • YAP
        August 9, 2012

        Compared to where? The death rate is just as high in other countries. Dominica’s population is small so it stands out.

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      • Justice and Truth
        August 10, 2012

        @ Princess

        More people should love and serve God with all their heart and soul and love one another. They should also pray for God’s protection and ask him to help them health-wise, to put their faith, hope and trust in Him also that He will guide the hands of the medical profession. How many people are doing that?
        It is stated in the book, Imitation of Christ, “Some people want to live a long life (with health and strength) but they do not live a holy life.”
        As Our Lord said, “Render unto Caesar, the things that are Caesar’s and render unto God the things that are God.”

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    • Justice and Truth
      August 10, 2012

      @ Mrs. B.

      The level of deaths has nothing to do with the restructuring per se. It has to do with efficient doctors, nurses and nurses aide. The ambulance team (paramedics) should quickly respond when they are called for the sick and in cases of accidents. Dominica may need a few more ambulances.
      On the other hand every one is given an allotted time. Sadly, when that time is up, it is up.
      In addition, throughout our life, we are to take care of ourselves, take charge and care of our health. People tend to blame others for their shortcomings but not themselves and for their negligence. The doctors cannot do this for us. They can only advise us and prescribe medication.
      We could be negligent people who allow our health to deteriorate by an unhealthy lifestyle. Much more could be stated about that.

  12. Anthony P. Ismael
    August 9, 2012

    Tim, only time will tell. As the old saying goes, seeing is believing.

  13. kapel
    August 9, 2012

    why u never post my comments freedom of speech thats why u rating is so low

  14. The truth
    August 9, 2012

    More than happy to hear about the upgrade. I hope the senior doctors who are so stuck in their ways, and refuse to update their education nor allow the newly qualified doctors to practice in a modern way will either change or be upgraded as well. They refuse to listen to the younger surgeons and doctors who are newly qualified. What is the point of the education then? If you learn and when you enter practice you are forced to work in a way developed 30 years ago you will surely forget what you have recently learnt. I just hope we empower some newly qualified doctors and surgeons because the death rate in Dominica toward diseases and injuries can surely improve. Well done to the gov for educating our young, now let us take it to the next level and make the education work for dca.

  15. Idea
    August 9, 2012

    They need to put time clock machines so people have to clock in and clock out in all the government agencies and department. This will greatly alleviate and eliminate the late comers and people always calling in sick. Once their money will be affected they will chance their attitude towards work whihc will make the system more efficient at the end of the day.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 10, 2012

      @ Idea

      If they are paid hourly it will work or unless their supervisor keeps a strict record of their attendance and punctuality when they clock in and clock out.

  16. Nika
    August 8, 2012

    Patiently waiting!!

  17. Choice-X
    August 8, 2012

    They promised a new 4 lane highway with bypass facilities at massacre and Mahaut. What we got was a resurfacing of the Portsmouth road, with the basic 2-lane and no bypass at all.

    So We can expect dem to change a few galvanize on the hospital and paint. Just think of it logically, the hospital should be the most massive and complicated building project, yet Tim-tim says that it will be available by early next year, which is lest than six month away. The only thing that can be done in that brief moment is to change some galvanize and paint the building.

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      August 9, 2012

      You’re right on. I too was trying to decipher exactly what Tim Tim meant in his statement. But then again, it is very clear. If all he talks about can be accomplished in less than six months, then you’re dead on. Change a few sheets of galvanize, paint, add some new machines and now we give you, the new PMH. Same as the old one.

    • Princess
      August 10, 2012

      so you think Mahaut people would want to move de lab for 4 lane hiway, you mad or what.

  18. Me
    August 8, 2012

    A new hospital in six months? Yeah right!! Well i’m going to build a house in one week. Well weh! Labar sala pa feb nah.

  19. Anonymous
    August 8, 2012

    We Dominicans want every thing..but expect it to fall from the sky…Read the article…

    • Papa Dom
      August 10, 2012

      what is there to read again? “We are re-organising the entire hospital and we intend to have a relatively new hospital operating early next year,” is timothy expecting angels to come from the sky to deliver a new hospital a new operational hospital early next year? In that case he has no faith in the abilities and powers of angels because I would have expected tham to have it ready in a matter of minutes, if not an instant. $50m is being spent on a state malice and it takes years to complete but a better hospital which is urgently needed will be deilvered in months, what a laugh.

  20. Preciuos
    August 8, 2012

    Good news
    However, i think the conflict of interest that goes on with this Radiologist having same equipments with the hospital and his own always functioning, while the hospital own is not working has to stop.

  21. FLORIDA
    August 8, 2012

    Nurses need to be trained in Patient care and Patient confidentiality. Patient conditions should not be discussed with their friends nor other nurses on another floor/Award.

    The Oncology floor/burn unit should be air conditioned, in fact all the floors should be air conditioned. A proper x-ray dept. and patient records dept. All patient information should be on a data base/scan and computerized.

    I hope there will be elevators!

    The hospital should be run by A Board Of Directors/Doctors. We also need a real Emergency Room/Unit.

    • Veronica
      January 24, 2013

      I so agree with my experience at the facility and in particular with the nurses can be described as nothing less than horrific.

  22. anonymous2
    August 8, 2012

    It’s about time, however, what is the definition of a “relatively new hospital?

  23. Liar, Liar
    August 8, 2012

    Tim Tim bwa cheche, Tim Tim :lol: :lol: :lol: fool all the people all the time, and, all the time fool all the people

  24. Thinking
    August 8, 2012

    According to the Mr. Timothy,”“The new hospital is a gift from the Chinese government.” The road projects being done all over the island, the bridges, the stadium, the presidential palace, the stores with the affordable products, the Dominica State College,are all gifts from the Chinese. Tell me Mr. minister, what are we giving the Chinese in return?

  25. deesseafricaine
    August 8, 2012

    a new hospital would have been nice before a new state house…. guess that chinese have found the hospital bad for its people and want to make sure there is a good hospital for when they take over

  26. No beggar
    August 8, 2012

    I hope part of the training is in manners and customer service. All nurses need to take that course, but then again there will be a 98% failure rate.
    I also hope part of the restructuring will be to get rid of all Malcasey nurses. Transfer them to the fish market.

  27. Nudibranch
    August 8, 2012

    Will that include using the CAT scanner and hyperbaric chamber as they should. Or will they just remain idle?
    Non diving injuries are the main use of a chamber, it cost 900,000 dollars, USE IT.
    CAT scanner lies dormant, as does (so I hear) the Mammogram machine
    Allow helicopter access on the playing field and we could have the only “A” rated hospital in the region, if, and only if things work as they should.

  28. Dubique767
    August 8, 2012

    Structurally – yeah! congrats. However, it will take more than some blocks, plaster, new MRI machines, and a coat of paint to make PMH a top notch hospital…service…service…service-oriented…let us start with the baby steps…teach them how to be courteous, professional, and respectful…For god sake, man…let us start with getting some of them to work on time…then we will go to step two…

  29. APG
    August 8, 2012

    This would be a good time to rename the hospital after a Dominican who has actually contributed to Dominica’s development, especially in Health. Not sure what Princess Margaret ever did for Dominica… and if so, was it a legacy contribution? A few names…. Roosie Douglas, Pierre Charles, Eugenia Charles, E.O. LeBlanc, Charles Maynard, and others in the Health field.

  30. SilverLake
    August 8, 2012

    i think the staff should be shifted around too and they should be given customer service sessions. Also they should be taught some moral values.

  31. Nurse overseas
    August 8, 2012

    I write this blog to attempt to inform the people
    who have written negative comments about this article.Firstly,I respect everyone’s opinion
    and I do agree to disagree.But honestly what about
    the article that deserve these negatives comment?We all know the PMH where I was proudly trained
    is in need of modern tecnology.I am happy that
    something positive is finally going to happen
    Many lives can be and will be saved if these new tecnologies are put in place, someone comes in with a heart attack or a stroke the new tecnolgy
    help the physicans to diagnose the problem treat it and save lives.It could b mine it could be your
    family. I am a nurse who was trained at PMH and the trainng I received made me who I am as a nurse
    I visited Dominica I became ill. I was proud to see one on the ‘Young son of the soil” provide me with care. I did not pay a cent. Come here to America Health Care is a business. U do not have
    insurance u will die. and if u are take care of the bill has to be paid. They ask u for ur INSURANCE before they ask u how u feel. While I was at the ‘Casualty” some of the people were cursing at the nurses. The felt they were not being treated on time.As i sopke with them and had a dialogue not one of the people needed “Emmergency Care” I say all of this to say
    we are all Dominicans we are the ones to help our
    country.U may say if I am a nurse why don’t I come to my country and I have retired and i am doing just that. Giving back to my country and the heatl care system.God bless us and God bless Dominica.

    • Miss bronx
      August 9, 2012

      That is a damn lie… In the US NO PATIENTS ARE REFUSED AT THE HOSPITAL INSURANCE OR NOT.. Yes u might get a bill but if u can’t afford insurance there is midicaid etc so stop telling lies.. SMH… you people piss me off with the nonsense. Even illegals get help in the US, some don’t pay a dime, so tell us what hospital u cannot get seen in the US…

    • Justice and Truth
      August 10, 2012

      @ Nurse overseas

      You should have migrated to Canada. We do not pay for medical care. There are some things we pay for but for certain major operations which are not covered by the Hospital Plan. However, we are comfortable with the Plan as is.
      As for the U.S., I do not know why those politicians could never establish one. There is so much arguing/bickering about it.
      President Obama, with much objection from the opposition, implemented the HHS Mandate and some people are not pleased about it to the point of wanting to repeal it.

    • Veronica
      January 24, 2013

      Glad you had a good experience and I appreciate the comparison, however my experience was foul…

  32. Dominicanpearl2
    August 8, 2012

    Can someone explain to me that Lafallaise Lab situation? Pay the nurse first, then the blood is sent for the testing? Then it goes back to the hospital. Finally, you get your result. I do not see any sense of urgency to diagnose any disease. This threw me for a loop. Did not make sense. Please someone can you educate me on this? Am I a little too advanced?

  33. Pedro
    August 8, 2012

    Sounds good. Realistically though, I can’t see a new hospital facility ready by EARLY next year. So far no specific plans or details have been released, and as hard working as presumably a chinese contractor could be we know it takes more than the civil works construction to bring it into effective operation. A new hospital or facilities are always welcome but lets give our people a time that is more realistic.

  34. Dominicanpearl2
    August 8, 2012

    Thank u Lord!!1 Living in the US I had not been to PMH in 30+ years. Imagine my shock at going to the Hospital in 11/2011. My word what a disgrace in Glover Ward with the elderly females. No A/C, the same rusted beds and old cupboards which seemed to be there before I was born,close quarters, no privacy. It appeared to be a camp. Bedside manners!!! Sucks!!! God bless DA but I prayed not to get sick there. I welcome any improvement. I will not compare us to any US hospital but the doctors must love DA to work there. How depressing!!! Just my opinion.

  35. August 8, 2012

    And get doctors who can differentiate low blood pressure from heart attacks!

  36. kapel
    August 8, 2012

    He says the same thing over and over when he adresses health concerns.’The ministry is in the process of training’.

  37. August 8, 2012

    I am appalled by the service patients recieve at casualty…..You must be unconsious/die before the nurses take you seriously….real sad

  38. shame
    August 8, 2012

    I welcome the initiative for improvements to our health care at PMH however wee need to ensure that the people they put to take care of us are “caring” people. My best friend was suffering from chronic chest pains and went to the hospital over the weekend during the storm. when she arrived, she could not speak so kept knocking on the glass. one nurse peeked from the back, and slid her chair back with no response. she continued to knock, another nurse came and stood in the door and said “Mam, please have a seat and make yourself comfortable”, she did not even ask what the problem was. Mt friend sat their for almost ten minutes before she decided to get back up to see if anyone was even still in the department. as she was getting up, the same nurse who told her to have a seat passed by, watched her in her eyes, turned around and proceeded to make her way to the door, with her bag and other belongings, it seemed like her shift was over. she never asked anyone to attend to my friend nor did she inquire what was wrong with her. i have nothing more to say but SHAME SHAME SHAME!!! i watched as the entire scenario went down. Because my friend asked me to, i did’nt verbally abuse the staff which was present but soon, someone will, maybe even physically.

  39. hmmmm
    August 8, 2012

    Hmmmmmm.. :-?

  40. Doc.Love
    August 8, 2012

    Election is close,new hospital,new college,repair of the main port,PWD hotel,no electoral reform,no new taxes.

    • DDD
      August 8, 2012

      lol so true

    • Norse
      August 8, 2012

      Regardless of the motive it is sign in the right
      direction. If u are Dominican or Dominica deccent
      that should be great news to u ears.Becuause without proper healthcare the people suffer.
      It is great music to my ears.

    • August 8, 2012

      Tim Tim is not the only minister that is offering goodies the PM is also but to say that you a going to revamp the hospital so we can relatively have a decent health centre is not the same as saying all along we are getting a brand new hospital, but D’icans have allowed themselves to be brain wash just for a few hand outs We cannot move forward when we are so comfortable in our spots we sell ourselves short and we expect just a hand full of folks to make things right in DA I appeal to D’Icans at home dont allow yourselves to be taking for a ride again go out a seek out the people that you know will help to bring our Island back on track again the PM and his men should change and start all over again too many underhanded things are happening we need to clean up the World is on the ouitside looking in at us we are all hurting at home and in the disapora yes those of us in the diaspora are having hard times once we open our mouth and say we are D’ICANS we are looked upon.
      The Commomwealth of Dominica is in a mess and it’s up to all of us the do something about it, gifts at elections or hand outs are not the answers we need.

    • (.) (.)
      August 8, 2012

      What’s your promise then since you seem not to be satisified with theirs.

    • willis dew
      August 9, 2012

      ur write election is close, dominican open u ll eyes don’t let dem felles full u again dis time around wee votin dem OUT.

      • Joe
        August 9, 2012

        Why vote them out when they are working? by the way election is due in 2015, so what’s your point really?

        You so accustom of being fooled by politicians with ‘GROUND BREAKING’ ceremonies and nothing happened, you cannot get over this political party bringing the projects on without breaking grounds but commissioning the project when it is completed?

        Wake up and smell the coffee we are moving forward!!!!

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  41. SHAME
    August 8, 2012

    dem staff at records department for u too train how to come to work on time especially d admissions officers and cashiers and train d billing officer to be more polite

    just my 2cents

    • Joe
      August 8, 2012

      You doh think thjat they owe it to themselves… an attitude issue?

  42. qstorm78
    August 8, 2012

    Please train the nurses and staff in customer service while you at it..

    just my 2 cents!!

    • La Pwet
      August 8, 2012

      HELL YES customer service in Dominica on a whole SUCKS!

      • (.) (.)
        August 8, 2012

        :-D I was just about saying that.

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      • August 9, 2012

        All them employees in DA need professional development raining, especially those working for the government,including nurses, teachers and the rest, they lack customer services skills, they are not people people oriented, they lack all the skills required for the jobs they are doing, like it or not

        I called the lands and survey department outside DA, and the way this girl answered the telephone i was shocked, not even a greeting, good morning all i heard was hello, them girl lack professionalism, when asked for some co-worker, them girls talk like you are calling to talk to their man,some of them talk very angrily

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      • Anonymous
        August 9, 2012

        You say hospital….? what about the airport? You cannot change peoples personallity..all they need to do is put vidio camaras..at the ER, informations department and the phamacy..or tell them you will send them a pair of white shoes,topup their phone or better yet you’ll send them school bag for their children, when you go back overseas…you’ll see how fast they will smile..

        but to be honest the upgrade is needed…

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    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2012

      Amen to that!!!!

      • Anonymous
        August 8, 2012

        sometimes you reached at the hospital/casualty and even afriad to talk to the nurses before they shame you wi.train dem.they also should change that style of ppl standing by the counter shouting their sickness out,the rest of the ppl waiting to see doctor taking your information.hmm

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      • August 8, 2012

        PREACH!!!

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    • Princess
      August 9, 2012

      The nurses there are rude, insensitive and I would not put them to watch over my pets. The became nurses because it was one which almost guaranteed a job and maybe they like to wear white, other than that, i can’t see any other reasons.

  43. officer
    August 8, 2012

    a new hospital without anything in it… tim we need technical instruments and equipments so we wont have to go to antigua for a MRI, we also need a good and regular supply of medicines and other medical stores… allu to like to see infrastructure and come and boast about wall, road and building during election…
    MODERNISE DE DAMN HOSPITAL AND PUT THE QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO WORK, cha man!

    • Norse
      August 8, 2012

      I thought that what the article was about…Improvement so u or andbody else will not
      have to go to Antigua for MRI Cat scan etc,Papa met!lee article la lol

    • Joe
      August 8, 2012

      You must learn to read and understand…..

      “The new hospital is a gift from the Chinese government and the intention is to equip that hospital with the latest state-of-the-art technology.”

      Didn’t you read that part or ypou was blinded by your foolish senseless politics??

      I was crying down the Africans for their narrowness but you all beat them by a mile wee boss!!!

      • Papa Dom
        August 10, 2012

        ok, let’s read and understand. The first thing the minister said is this,“We are RE-ORGANISING the entire hospital” no mention of buildings, maybe he missed something there or I do not understand but to my small mind re-organise means to change things around. Then he says the new “The new hospital is a gift from the Chinese government and the intention is to equip that hospital with the latest state-of-the-art technology.” so, which is it? is it a new hospital or an RE-ORGANISED one. “the INTENTION is” what does that mean? will the facility, new or re-organised, be equiped with latest state of the art technology? this sounds just like the 4 lane highway and least we forget, we were promised a new hospital at a different site to be built by the chinese.

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    • (.) (.)
      August 8, 2012

      I thought they said that. REREAD!!!

    • rainybrain
      August 8, 2012

      Offica, You doh taykin yur tym to reed man. Shucks! :)

    • Justice and Truth
      August 8, 2012

      @ officer

      Did you not read that the hospital will be revamped? Utilize your common sense if you have any. It goes without stating that it will include all necessary and modern paraphernalia to efficiently operate the hospital.

      • Princess
        August 9, 2012

        not so fast, we are talking about Dominica here. It is possible that they build a new facility without any thoughts of paracetamol. Trust me, i live there, I know.

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  44. Evolved
    August 8, 2012

    A new hospital by early next year?????? The most important part of what the chinese gave Dominica was left for last. Now it appears as if it will be a half job.

    Dominica needs a new hospital – a state of the art facility – not a piece meal – outdated building with new equipment in it.

    This government is selling the people of Dominica short. In areas where they need the help and facilities they are completely ignored.

    Shame on this labor government :twisted:

    • LawieBawie
      August 9, 2012

      I guess that you are one of the people who would have been happier if the government had not even attempted to improve the present hospital facility. There would have been more meat on your anti-labour bone.

  45. Anonymous
    August 8, 2012

    Tim Tim ou par las marti? The MOU we signed with Red China – remember that – have you even seen it? Sot!!!

    The claim then was that we would be getting a new Hospital…….well we are still waiting ………

  46. Anonymous
    August 8, 2012

    Nurses are being trained but they have no doctors to give prescription and orders……hope you organizing to have people trained to manage the affairs of the doctors and nurses in the ‘new hospital’

    • Justice and Truth
      August 8, 2012

      @ Anonymous

      Some of you love to find faults and to criticize. You do never have words of encouragement.
      You have read what the Minister stated. Those in authority know what they are doing better than those who are not and who do not have the expertise. They have plans on what will be done. They do not need such advice from you. Save your time for what you state are mere words which are blowing in the wind.

      • Princess
        August 9, 2012

        The reason being is that we have seen that you all do not like to take advice. You think you have it covered and at the end of the day, it look like there were no thought putting into the plan. Stadium for example, no thought of training all-round athletes, the roads- no drains.. etc etc etc.. so i guess people are just putting this out there so tht someone will actually be reminded to think before finalizing the deal. It is not criticizing, it is based on what we see.

        That is the problem with Dominica, everyone is too grown to take sensible advice. People are so angry and ready to fight, everyone wants to be in charge, people are not doing what they are paid to do. Everyone wants to be on a platform or on a TV camera or hear their name called and they are not really adding anything of substance. Sometimes, it pays to listen, it will make you look good.

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  47. Just Asking
    August 8, 2012

    Let us understand, however, that physical restructuring does not mean improved hospital operational management, which is most lacking at PMH.

  48. A reader
    August 8, 2012

    Mr. Timothy sir, when you speak about a “new hospital” are you saying that the currently standing PMH will be totally broken down and re-built? Or are you just getting new equipment and specialists to house in the same old raggedy building? I need to get the facts straight.

    Thank you.

    • Joe
      August 8, 2012

      You too wicked, you must be one of those suffering from the “INFERIORITY COMPLEX”.

      The Hospital is in very good condition, what is so raggedy about the hospital? Which area is raggedy?

    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2012

      I agree

    • (.) (.)
      August 8, 2012

      When the work is completed you will see. The chinese built a new stadium. I bet they did not patch the old windsor park and told you they ‘that’s a new stadium’.

      • Papa Dom
        August 10, 2012

        Well that is because there was nothing to patch because the old infracture was already broken down. You must also never forget that millions of dollars of building materials was thrown away or left to rot.

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  49. August 8, 2012

    THEY NEED AIR CONDITIONING AT THE HOSPITALS

    • @WELL
      August 8, 2012

      Are you willing to pay for this service? Healthcare not cheap you know?!!?? This is only necessary in certain departments of the hospital like A&E, the intensive care unit, operating rooms and the baby section for pre-matures and the like. And as a tax payer I can’t afford it.

      • Elsa
        August 8, 2012

        I agree. The hospital is desperately in need of air condition. All sections!!

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      • La Pwet
        August 8, 2012

        The way I see it if you complaining about air condition stating who will pay for it I presume you mean the energy costs… if you ask me electricity should be free of charge at the hospital… pretty sure Domlec can absorb the cost with all the profits they continually make each year

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      • Choice-X
        August 8, 2012

        @WELL

        That’s why they have geothermal, to get electricity cheaper. By the time the hospital is done the geothermal will be ready. So the best time to put it in is now,whilst the chinese are footing the bill.

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      • Princess
        August 9, 2012

        no vision. Of course the hospital needs Air conditioning. Only a myopic thinking individual would doubt that. Your health is priority. You should think the best for your health.

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    • Justice and Truth
      August 8, 2012

      Is the temperature of Dominica hotter than in previous years? Is it humid by this standard?
      In years gone by air-conditioning did not exist and the patients did without it.
      Whenever I visited at the hospital I do not recall anyone of them with a fan and who stated that they are hot. They all did without this system including the doctors and nurses and all appeared comfortable. They were not sweating.
      Keep in mind that modern equipment and technology cost money as also hydro costs. Consider, from the heat to cold air-conditioned rooms, as well as being constantly being in such a room could cause people to get sick and also develop nasal and lung problems especially if they are not accustomed to it. A lot of ailments are due to new/modern equipment as mentioned which the doctors may not be aware of. In other words air-conditioned rooms are not really healthy ones. If eventually, implemented, for now air-conditioning should be last on the list. Do your research.

      • Princess
        August 9, 2012

        maybe its time to put individual rooms with ability to increase and decrease A/C level. I can’t even imagine going to the hospital in the US with no A/C for the silly reasoning you are giving. If we talking going back in the days; There are lots of things we used to do differently back in the days before technology was so advanced. So it is not a very strong sensible reasoning. Different temperatures/different patients.

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  50. August 8, 2012

    That is a plus for Dominica. There are some doctors that need to learn how to be tactful when communicating with their patients.

  51. @WELL
    August 8, 2012

    About time.

  52. Sweet Carib
    August 8, 2012

    Ok Tim-Tim. Ou par las matey. Hahaha

    • Messier Quick-Quack
      August 8, 2012

      You hit the nail on the head. Can you provide him with 6 g;asses of Loubiere water to quench his lieing thirst.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 8, 2012

      You lack respect. :twisted: :twisted:

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