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Hon. Fahie chided for comments against hospital service

- says some gov’t members are bullies
First District Representative Hon. Andrew A. Fahie came in for some criticism in the House of Assembly (HOA) from Deputy Premier Dr The Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering yesterday, April 8, 2014 after voicing concerns about the way persons are treated at the Peebles Hospital. Photo: VINO/File
Pickering: Dr Pickering voiced strong objection to Hon. Fahie's statement on ethical grounds but the First District Representative remained unfazed. Photo: VINO/File
Pickering: Dr Pickering voiced strong objection to Hon. Fahie's statement on ethical grounds but the First District Representative remained unfazed. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – First District Representative Hon. Andrew A. Fahie came in for some criticism in the House of Assembly (HOA) from Deputy Premier Dr The Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering yesterday, April 8, 2014 after voicing concerns about the way persons are treated at the Peebles Hospital.

Hon. Fahie said it is not that he is against the National Health Insurance (NHI) that would be enacted through the debated Social Security Amendment Bill, but that more information needed to be forthcoming for elected representatives.

Hon. Fahie claimed that unanswered questions remained with residents despite several rounds of consultation held by proponents of the NHI.

The former Education Minister under the Virgins Islands Party (VIP) government said concerns by his constituents about the way they were treated at the Peebles Hospital were very real. “You’re talking about people’s lives,” he told Members of the HOA.

“It takes a lot of fortitude to get up here and say this with the hospital so I ask my people in the First [District] to pray for me in case I ever take sick and go down there [to the hospital] that they don’t hit me a needle and I gone,” Hon. Fahie said.

Upon hearing this, Dr. Pickering rose and said, “I have to stand and take strong, strong, strong objection to that on professional grounds. That is highly unethical. That is impugning the very professional nature of the people who work at the hospital and I strongly object to that.”

Hon. Fahie remained unfazed however and noted while the record will reflect the Deputy Premier’s feelings, he will not be sticking his head in the sand on the issue.  

He said some members of the government are bullies and he did not come to please the government. “If you will run this House here how I see it’s running then we will have some problems,” he stated.

“A lot of our people do not write in to say the concerns that they have about the hospital so it will not be documented [and] the statistics will not show it. I can speak for my people in my District because there were a lot of concerns and they didn’t write them in,” Hon. Fahie declared.

The First District Representative explained that his people did not write in their concerns for fear that they will be killed.

“We have real concerns, not to say that we don’t have good people down there in the [Peebles] Hospital, we have good people down there too… the monitoring on the ground has to improve. If you don’t care about people you shouldn’t come study medicine and you shouldn’t practice it,” Hon. Fahie continued.

While noting that there will be no statistics to prove his claims, Hon. Fahie challenged persons to dispute them as, “our people do not write in and they will not write in” their concerns.

Hon. Fahie also noted that he has had some ‘good experiences’ at the Peebles Hospital, “the standard [is] supposed to be set that no matter who goes, the person gets quality healthcare,” he remarked.

Noting that there was a long road ahead regarding healthcare, Hon. Fahie expressed that the Territory will get there but stated that it was asking a lot for persons to place their confidence in the system as it is.

16 Responses to “Hon. Fahie chided for comments against hospital service”

  • Spy (09/04/2014, 09:06) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Where did Fahie go to have the bullet taken out of his foot in 2011?I wonder if it was Clevland Clinic or Purple Palace or Peebles,someone please answer.........
    • Memory short (10/04/2014, 03:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      At least ur memory is not short lived. It is right at Peebles he went & stayed. Never went overseas, so wah u saying now Hon. Fahie?
    • profit (16/04/2014, 00:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      DR Pickering are you in denial wake up and face the throuth the hospital have a few nurses that don't knew there work if you haven't experience it for your self you wuld be in denial.They are messing people up.I can bet my last dime any of u polition get sick you will be on the next flight out of the BVI . you all mad with Andrew Fahie for speaking out .that is the problem with the BVI. don't you have freedom of speech. So many people have bad experience in that hospital and no one to complain to. and that is so sad. Why do you have crazy people walking up and down in the hospital don't you think they needs to be separated from the hospital ?
  • my 2 cents (09/04/2014, 09:26) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    He strongly object to that because the shoe is not on his foot. The venue may have been wrong, but what he said is the truth. I personally witnessed it with my mother.
  • Ruthless (09/04/2014, 10:15) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    I was listening yesterday and I thought they were going to fight in there. I didn't agree with the way in which Fahie made his statement but on the other hand he may be telling the truth.
  • SMH (09/04/2014, 10:26) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    VINO I will post my comments on your site since the platinum site always seem to post what they want despite one's comments not being defamatory. Had enough of them.

    Anyway, let me get to my point. I concur with Hon. Fahie. NDP is full speed ahead on the NHI putting the cart before the horse and all you hear from them is we have to look into this and that. Why wasn't the looking into, research, meeting with stakeholders done prior to their deciding this NHI is what is needed.

    On a similar note, I have been to the hospital to see a doctor within the course of the past six (6) months and myself along with others actually had to leave after waiting more than 2 hrs without a single update as to when we would be attended to. I made the mistake of reattempting to visit within the same week and much worse service. I WAS ASTONISHED. I HAVE HEARD OF THE POOR SERVICE THERE BUT TO ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE IT STUNNED!!
  • thank you (09/04/2014, 11:29) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hon. Andrew Fahie you have clearly mashed a corn with the truth....as the saying goes the truth hurts.....but on all honesty and until reality is actually given the hospital service is indeed terrible apart from the Emergency ward.....going to visit someone on the medical or surgical ward at its current stage is an unpleasent experience.....having NHI, A new Building and new equipment doesn't insure proper care...... work on your care first insure all our worries are some what over before forcing such a mandatory thing such as NHI on us
  • judge ito (09/04/2014, 13:03) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    What andrew said was the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
  • rattie (09/04/2014, 14:25) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fahie you speaking good
  • Current a patient (09/04/2014, 21:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Was tended to immediately and each one took the time to explain what. They are doing. Checking back with you time needs some improvement.
  • David (09/04/2014, 22:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The HoA has turned into a place for high theatrics. Big changes are needed in government in order for anything to actually get done.
  • staff (10/04/2014, 06:53) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Mr Andrew Fahie I hope your heart dont miss a beat tonight, because we are the ones who have to keep your heart beating until the air ambulance arrives! SMFH!!!!!
    • Twinkle (10/04/2014, 09:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Half the time you DON'T and if you are that, the derogatory language is APPALLING!!
  • The TRUTH (10/04/2014, 21:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    I got a small cut on my finger .went to the hospital just to get it clean and wrap properly . just because my husband insist . the first nurse look at it told me it only need a bandade she got a call and another one came .she took a glimse and said u need an injection .i taught she was joking until she came bck in the room with the injection . i was so frighten all i could say was b...h u want to kill me and leave. everytime i feel sick all i can do is read psalms six and hope that i dnt have to go to peebles

  • darto (11/04/2014, 14:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    please bear in mind that the politicians saying these things about the health care system of the BVI have been the same politicians who were given the position beforehand to amend and even prevent these situations from happening. I wonder why they have not thought of this when they are still in the majority. I wonder when these politicians will really bring the needs of the people forward.. i guess it will come when people relinquish their political affiliations and start voting on the merits of a person and how pure their intentions are and not based on political affiliations.
  • patty (21/04/2014, 15:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My husband "stayed" at Peebles after a fall last month. I have NEVER experienced anything so awful. Thank God Fahie had the courage to speak out. Sub-standard testing, nursing care and diagnosis. Four day nightmare. Diagnosis was "bruised bones in both knees" from a fall. Actual - torn tendons from both knees. Two weeks passed before he got correct diagnosis, then surgery was major because tendons had retracted all the way up his legs.

    Then, onto too many nurses who couldn't be bothered to work. Some, were just outstanding and trying their best with limited resources. No drinking water for 24 hours, broken sink in the room, no way to clean up, sheets with holes in them, filth everywhere you looked.

    If Fahie or anyone else goes there, it's just because they don't have a choice. This hospital is SHAMEFUL, by any country's standards.


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