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BVIHSA ambulances @ shelf life; Over $1.5M to accredit hospital

- Rooms per night @ Peebles Hospital range from $225 to $250 with meals
According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BVI Health Services Authority Mrs Paula G. Chester-Cumberbatch (inset), there are only two ambulances on Tortola and they are 4 to 5 years old. Photo: VINO/File
Sixth District Representative Hon Delores Christopher (inset) enquired about the price of a room at Peebles Hospital during the Standing Finance Committee session and was told that at Peebles Hospital semi-private rooms were $225.00 per night and $250.00 for private rooms which include meals. Photo: VINO/File
Sixth District Representative Hon Delores Christopher (inset) enquired about the price of a room at Peebles Hospital during the Standing Finance Committee session and was told that at Peebles Hospital semi-private rooms were $225.00 per night and $250.00 for private rooms which include meals. Photo: VINO/File
According to Mrs Paula G. Chester-Cumberbatch, without accreditation the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) will be in a situation where companies from the United States and Europe will not pay for services here unless the hospital is accredited. Photo: BVIHSA
According to Mrs Paula G. Chester-Cumberbatch, without accreditation the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) will be in a situation where companies from the United States and Europe will not pay for services here unless the hospital is accredited. Photo: BVIHSA
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While testifying before the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee as it deliberated the 2017 Budget, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BVI Health Services Authority Mrs Paula G. Chester-Cumberbatch told the body there are only two ambulances on Tortola.

She further stated in an answer to a question from Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Archibald C. Christian (AL) that there are 1 on Virgin Gorda and 1 on Anegada.

However, Mrs Chester-Cumberbatch told the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) that the shelf life is 5 years for ambulances in the region and the current ambulances on Tortola are 4 to 5 years old.

A few months ago there have been issues in receiving ambulances in a timely manner on Tortola and there were reportedly some two cases where, because of the long delays, patients had to be transported in the back of pickup trucks.

Big money to get accreditation

In addition, the CEO told the SFC that it will cost $1.5M for one year of hospital accreditation. The former Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) inquired about the benefits of accreditation.

To this, Mrs Chester-Cumberbatch said the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) will be in a situation where without accreditation companies from the United States and Europe will not pay for services here unless the hospital is accredited.

Meanwhile, Hon Fraser asked the CEO the reason why persons over the age of 65 years are being charged for medication and care at Peebles Hospital.

It was explained by the Financial Comptroller Ms Angelina John that the policy states “persons over 65 years have to pay for special medication of which they pay 20% and National Health Insurance (NHI) covers 80%.” She noted that the reasons for same was that ordering special medication was very costly and payment has to be done before the medication can be received.

The Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) explained that medications, which are provided through the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), formerly “were free for persons over 65 years”. He noted; however, that once a doctor prescribes special medication, the hospital provides a service in which they would assist patients with ordering their medication at a subsidised cost.

It’s a Hotel?

The Member for the Sixth District, Hon Delores Christopher, enquired about the price of a room at Peebles Hospital. The BVIHSA CEO told the Members that at Peebles Hospital semi-private room were $225.00 per night and $250.00 for private rooms which include meals.

17 Responses to “BVIHSA ambulances @ shelf life; Over $1.5M to accredit hospital”

  • wow (15/03/2017, 10:20) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    under this NDP government our seniors who have fought so hard to build this country now have to pay for medicine
  • ccc (15/03/2017, 10:30) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hotel peebles
  • What the hell I hearing here! (15/03/2017, 10:31) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Are these people trying to help and save the poor and the elderly or bury them alive under these outrageous expenses?

  • "New Party Rising" (15/03/2017, 10:37) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    First order on the Agenda: "NDP MUST GO!" FULL-OUT CAMPAIGN.
  • SMH (15/03/2017, 10:38) Like (13) Dislike (18) Reply
    How can you run a Hospital if you don't charge money? Visit the public hospitals elsewhere in the Region and you will be thankful, VERY THANKFUL for what our Government has put in place here and soon in VG.
    • @SMH (15/03/2017, 17:38) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      If u read the law it clearly states school aged children and elderly are free....been so all my 30 yrs of life
  • Welsa (15/03/2017, 11:11) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    $800,per night in st Thomas
  • ndp (15/03/2017, 11:32) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    just messy. Look-awuk! NDP Madness Gone Wild all over the virgin isles.
  • Yo (15/03/2017, 13:58) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Big throat begging for more money
  • Nasty People (15/03/2017, 13:58) Like (14) Dislike (14) Reply
    On here talking bout HOTEL you ignorant FOOLS! That is the CHEAPEST per room probably in the entire Caribbean. These FOOLISH NASTY PEOPLE want to walk into the hospital get service and get this....walk STRAIGHT OUT THE DOOR. Why you guys don't go to HESKETH medical services and do that.....oh wait I forgot HESKETH have a "BROKES STOPPER" program. It's called GOT TO PEEBLES WITH YOU BROKE ASS!
  • Kim (15/03/2017, 18:45) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ms be serious 4 to 5 years are u crazy the chief of fire said his trucks r 10 -15 and u 4-5 your people need to learn to drive u all need to service them regularly why dont u all get two mechanic even three no one wants to work on u all vehicle because because u all dont pay
  • E. Leonard (15/03/2017, 19:03) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    The lifecycle of ambulances is typically 5-7 years. Nonetheless, to achieve the design life of ambulances and for reliability and functionality, preventative maintenance must be performed at established minimum frequencies to retard deterioration, lengthen life, reduce operational cost.........etc. Ambulances like other vehicles and equipment should be planned for replacement at a percent of design life, i.e., 85% 90% 95%.......etc.

    Moreover, Tortola needs more than two ambulances; it needs at least one more ambulance to put in service when one or both of the current ambulances are out of service for maintenance or repair. Ideally, at a minimum, ambulances should be prepositioned at West End, East End, Road Town, and Cane Garden Bay or north side somewhere. Prepoistioned ambulances should be staffed with EMT and EMS. Further, air ambulances should be considered to fly patients from outlying islands, i.e., Anegada, Virgin Gorda..........etc to Peebles.
  • folly (16/03/2017, 11:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    . Because the people In the BVI feel they are subjected to freebs all the damn time they think the hospital should render free or next to free service. FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE done DEAD and those times of this kind of work should be free is a thing of the past. Cost of living then was a breeze. People didn't have to go to the supermarkets because they planted for themselves, reared chickens, purged crabs and reared livestock. Today cost of living up our assets therefore payment for service is a must. The mannerless people of the BVI want to walk into the hospital and be disrespectful to all and feel that those being disrespected must go home on word benefits and go to Bobby and Mark place and say I work pebbles and take hard talk everyday, get their groceries bagged and walk out. Well, IT DONT WORK SO. Ms. CEO this ambulances are older than that and they need to be immediately replaced.
  • rattie (16/03/2017, 23:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    That seems to be the explanation to the masses that some genius came up with, no evidence. You know, like . . . no evidence climate change is real. SAD.


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