Opposition leader challenges Minister’s assertion of country’s ‘enviable’ health care system

Opposition Leader Jesma Paul-Victor with selected senators Sean Douglas and Lori Victor

Opposition Leader Jesma Paul-Victor has rubbished statements made by Finance Minister Dr. Irving McIntyre during her response to the 2023-2024 National Budget on Thursday, as it relates to healthcare in Dominica. While presenting the 2023-2024 National Budget on Tuesday, Dr. McIntyre said there is no one who can dispute the fact that Dominica’s health system is far better now than it has ever been.

 He also stated that “One can now receive care at a hospital that is equivalent to that of developed countries.”

 Dr. McIntyre said further that the Government of Dominica is on a journey to promote the health and wellness of its citizens and residents. However, Paul-Victor argued that as a former Minister of Health and a medical doctor, the Minister of Finance ought to be aware of the dreadful state of the country’s public healthcare system.

“Mr. Speaker, most Dominicans at some point or another have heard about the horror stories and experiences at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital,” she argued. “It is indeed absurd for the administration to assert that Dominica has an effective and enviable health system.”

She said further that while the 2023-2024 National Budget may boast about new facilities and staff, “what truly matters are health outcomes, not only the inputs.”

According to the opposition leader, despite claims that healthcare spending consumes a significant portion of the Budget, the actual outcomes are appalling. In fact, she stated that the critical state of Dominica’s healthcare system can be objectively demonstrated by looking at the infant mortality rate, “Infant mortality rate is widely regarded as the leading indicator of the effectiveness and accessibility of healthcare services in a country,” Paul-Victor noted.

She continued, “Unfortunately the infant mortality rate in Dominica has been increasing steadily in recent years.”

She added, “Despite this alarming state of affairs the Budget makes no mention of any program to address this issue.”

Meanwhile, Paul-Victor stressed that the cancer rate is increasing sharply, yet the Budget fails to include any program to tackle this escalating health crisis.

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  1. Zandoli
    July 31, 2023

    He also stated that “One can now receive care at a hospital that is equivalent to that of developed countries.”

    I don’t believe Dr. McIntyre believes any of this garbage. He must be aware that when any minister of government stumps their toe, they immediately jump on a plane to seek medical care outside the country. The last i checked, I have yet to see anyone from a developed country fly to Dominica to seek medical care.

  2. Lin clown
    July 30, 2023

    MEME,you must stop LYING to Dominicans and the world.I guess you are lying because it is in your DNA to do so, and the fact that you are a UWP supporters makes it worse.Just like every other hospital DCFH does not have everything,but healthcare is way better than at any other time in the history of Dominica.Just imagine one saying “Thank you Jesma”and another saying”I applaud you Ms Paul-Victor”It is those high level of foolishness which keeps UWP in the toilet.How can a normal person,free from the influence of drugs and alcohol give thumbs up to that GABBAGE of a budget rebuttal.No wonder UWP only spent 4 1/2 years in office.Educated and intelligent people exposing themselves and moving down to the lowest level of stupidity.The majority of Dominicans have eyes to see,and they can see,and because they can see,they keep UWP in the 🐕 house.Shaun Douglas called the 2022 election a sham election and advised UWP not to participate,today he is a senator in the same sham parliament. Ugly…

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  3. Lin clown
    July 30, 2023

    Man continue to pimp your way on FIGUEROA street in Los Angeles.Go to the DCFH,go to the many health centers in Dominica and tell me how many Chinese you see.All Chinese people are business people employing a number of Dominicans,go to Roseau and see.People like you,all you do is GOSSIP spread fake news and lie.Leave your rat and cockroach infested basement in Los Angeles and visit Dominica.The easiest place to live is Dominica NO STRESS,people go to work when and how they want,no rules no supervision.In the USA the state does not give houses they pay rent for those who cannot afford.In Dominica the government give FREE houses from the CBI money valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.SOT.In the USA,the first thing you are asked on visiting any medical facility for medical care is”Do you have insurance?If you don’t you are placed on back burner to be attended to last.In Dominica it is different,insurance in never mentioned to get healthcare.

  4. River Street
    July 29, 2023

    Unfortunately, your reasoning is mute. Would you accept a history paper with no dates? How are the facts verified? One has to be factual and convince. It’s not about just ” pawol á bouche” A bland presentation by the shadow minister does not convince. If gullibility does then, good for you.

  5. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 28, 2023

    So here is a situation: I just received a video; where a woman sat in what looks like a her home dressed in red attire, she made it quite clear she is not signing for her supper, before she went on to complain about her grandfather, whom was sent from the Portsmouth Hospital to the ” Dominica China Hospital.

    I noted where she said her grandfather went to the Chines Hospital; he walked in
    with an abscess on his shoulder (clinical definition) of a abscess is an enclosed collection of pus in tissues, organs, or confined spaces in the body.
    However, when she was called to take her grandfather home, she discover her grandfather could no longer walk: nor can he sit for any period of time. She said he complained about back pain, and upon her examination of his back, she discovered the man is covered with bed-sores.

    His treating doctor was a woman Lee!

    Could that be a Chines quack, can McIntyre comment on that? I have it on video, so no law suit should be fared!

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    • Man bite dogs
      July 30, 2023

      @Francisco, Instead of you staying thousands of miles away from Dominica writing dogs crap every day, why not come to Dominica let me know when you get there I will drive you around all expenses on me, I am sure you will be gub smack to the Dominica you knew before, don’t make excuses you are too old to travel.

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        August 2, 2023

        In the first place Man Dog, I have enough money to last to the very last day of my death; (demised); hence I am one who neither borrow or beg nor accept free gifts; not even from the woman I have sleeping in my bed!
        And since your money might be donated by Roosevelt to you, I would not want any part of it, be it to by gas for your jalopy, or any bit of breakup thing you drive.
        Beside you cannot drive you might run you and I over some precipice oui!


        Man Dog, there is nothing in Dominica to excite me; there is nothing existing in Dominica, that is not better in the more developed world! Man Dog, the pit-holes are still utilized in Dominica for defecation.

        People are still walking bare feet, people are destitute, and hunger, while Roosevelt and his family lives as Royalty; he pays himself more than sixty-thousand dollars per month in rent; take some time and investigate that.
        Who own Montreal Management!

        When you have the answer, I shall come home

  6. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 28, 2023

    You see, McIntyre is like a little hen laying its first egg; gets excited causing it to crow in excitement. He sees a renovated building, and believe he is seeing medicine. Well, boy McIntyre; I am here to tell you it is not the paint, and the structure that makes good medicine.

    It is the qualification of the doctors, operating therein; their knowledge of medicine, their ability to properly diagnose the patient. Too often the quacks of your day to this day in Dominica continues to miss-diagnose our peoples medical diseases; hence once one is misdiagnosed the treatment thereafter is useless, noneffective, and that is why so many people enter your butcher shop and comes out dead!
    People die in Dominica when a routine procedure could save their life.
    A woman goes into your hospital a catheter was inserted into her and left there indefinitely to relieve urination, rather than draining the urine, it caused an infection:
    McIntyre where else in the develop world could this happen?

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  7. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 28, 2023

    He also stated that “One can now receive care at a hospital that is equivalent to that of developed countries.”

    Dominica, is a place with lots of people with all sorts of medical conditions, some are so called doctor; or certified quacks, with psychiatric illnesses, yet they function in places of authority talking crap, and believing the fart they spew to be truth.

    It is absolutely ludicrous, for any sane person to suggest that “One can now receive care in a hospital in Dominica that is equivalent to that of developed countries.” Which developed country is that man comparing to Dominica; a place when people are admitted to the the China-man hospital when they are discharged, they comes out in a body-bag?
    He has forgotten that they say he is an MD, so what has he done during his days as a practitioner that could have change the medical status quo in the country?

    Politics pays more, though one may kill more in that profession…

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  8. Ibo France
    July 28, 2023

    If Mrs. Paul-Victor’s response to Dr. McIntyre’s presentation on healthcare were a boxing match, Mrs. Paulo-Victor would have won by KO (A knockout)

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  9. AP
    July 28, 2023

    River Street, What data/statistics did McIntyre provide?

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  10. AP
    July 28, 2023

    What data/statistics did McIntyre provide?

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    • Lin clown
      July 28, 2023

      Man you are buried in a pit toilet up to your eyebrows.I an sure you did not listen to Dr.MAC,compared to you opposition leader whose head was buried in a speech.The woman was so embarrassed she did not even look at the camera.Her head buried under her desk like a Mouton Batalie.

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  11. River Street
    July 28, 2023

    Sorry opposition leader but, your response lacks any type of substance. For example:
    (a) you provide no type of statistical info – numbers as to the infant mortality rate.
    (b) likewise on the issue of cancer (rate) you provide no type of data/statistics to substantiate what you are talking about.
    Unfortunately, this is not guess work. As an opposition leader, you are a shadow prime minister and should be more astute. Cheap talk is not the way. Why the same lamowi? After all, it’s the same saltfish. Be prepared for battle

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    • MEME
      July 28, 2023

      @River Street
      Well provide us with it (the data).It must be a staggering high rate, because to say that health care on island is terribly bad, is an understatement…..it is frighteningly atrocious..Reasons why those in the Skerrit Labour Party, (SLP), don’t trust the facility!!

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    • Ibo France
      July 28, 2023

      Dr. McIntyre was just pontificating about bogus accomplishments and projects stuck in the pipeline for decades. I will pay ZERO attention to his words but FULL attention to his actions.

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  12. Jonathan Y St Jean
    July 28, 2023

    Thank you Jesma for shining a bright light on the truth. All the happy talk by this administration doesn’t result in better health outcomes for those who need the care. When the minister himself needed health care he went overseas to get it.

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  13. Sousey sel
    July 28, 2023

    The response (to that cow manure) of mrs jetma paul, the opposition leader is a call to get the “stone” brigade ready… :mrgreen: :twisted:

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  14. If we knew better
    July 28, 2023

    Thank you Mrs. Paul for your contribution. In truth they like to paint a lovely picture, but we all know what is behind it. nonsense. You should have asked them if the healthcare system is so great and equal to that of developing countries, why did Julius Timothy have to be flown out to Trinidad for health care? Why Skerrit doesnt recieve his healthcare in Dominica? as well as other top people here. nonsense they talking.

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  15. Morne Daniel
    July 28, 2023

    I applaud you Ms. Paul-Victor for your true hearted response the lies that Irvine told about Dominica’s health system
    Keep up the good work and stand firm to the pressure to take the 10pieces of silver to switch.

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