Healthcare system needs makeover – PM

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says there’s a need to improve the health care facilities in and around Dominica.

Prime Minister Skerrit told Discoveries that the construction of a state-of-the-art hospital facility is the first step towards improving the countries health care system.

“In the area of healthcare we need to see linkages to the Portsmouth, Marigot and Grandbay hospitals. All these hospitals need to be improved to a much higher standard that they are right now,” he said.

Skerrit also noted that government also wants more local professionals to be involved in the healthcare process.

“Not only and the medial level but also at the consultant level so that we can have more of the medical consultants coming from Dominica. We will also have greater access to them,” he said.

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  1. March 10, 2010

    Mr Pm I agree with you well said..Big up your self. Like in Canada we have a free health care system.
    Garford George.

  2. rushand
    March 8, 2010

    grandbay does not have a hospital, but rather a health center, we can make it a polyclinic but not a hospital unless we do plan to extend the physical structure and the human resources.

  3. youthermist
    March 8, 2010

    PM: “there is a need to improve the healthcare facilities in and around Dominica.”

    The words which the PM should have uttered is: We are going to rebuild and modernise all the medical facilities in Dominica with state of the art equipment as a matter of priority, and that this grand vision of mine must be be completed within the tenure of my government, no ifs. or buts, and thats a promise to my beloved country……

  4. Baffled
    March 8, 2010

    Explain to the Dominican people why construction of a new hospital or renovations to PMH would be the last of the 4 projects, as stated five years ago, to be undertaken by the Chinese government, if the building of such a facility is the first step to improving our health care system? Well, since we do not know of the agreement between China and Dominica, anything goes. But, wouldn’t the health of the people of a country come first?

  5. commentator
    March 8, 2010

    Well at least he is finally talking about it.This is a good start. I am not yet a fan of Skerro but I must say that lately he has been winning a bit of me . He came out on the drug dealers and now health care. If he carries on this way I could be won over.

  6. rassulfur
    March 8, 2010

    Looking on

  7. Wii
    March 8, 2010

    So why is it that we have been running our local Doctors out for the last 4 – 8 years? Especially all the non-Cuban grads who returned around 4 – 10 yrs ago (from UWI/Ross etc). i could definitely name quite a few. Now that they have gone, specialized and established themselves overseas how on earth are we going to attract them back? Certainly not by paying them peanuts and those slim three months contracts they were getting.

    And I hope we understand what is being said by consultants (Specialized not General Practitioners like we have now that playing heavy on people in the hospital). Or are we saying we are now going to give the same set of Cuban grads who have no loans to repay, another scholarship to specialize and take another 2 – 4 years overseas? Do we have an action plan or are these just nice words to say? I would love to hear what the real plan is.

  8. Just my little bit
    March 8, 2010

    Brilliant! The Marigot hospital has been terribly lacking in all aspects of the medical system. I’m glad that they’re finally on the agenda since they serve not only my area but its the closest hospital should any air accident occur at the Melville Hall airport. Maybe this will stop the nurses and doctors from sending everyone to PMH even if you have just an “ache.” I”m happy that PMH and Grandbay are on as well. Good going PM and cabinet!!! Let’s hear Marigot folks say, “Yeah!”

  9. steve
    March 8, 2010

    Great idea PM. Now its time for action.

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