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Maduro sounds warning on hospital's treatment of seniors

Host of BVI Forum, Edmund Maduro, sounded a warning about the treatment of seniors at the Peebles Hospital, warning that persons can be sued if seniors continue to be charged for medication contrary to the law. Photo: VINO/File
It was alleged that seniors visiting the Peebles Hospital continued to be charged for medication even after the issue was raised as being illegal. Photo: VINO/File
It was alleged that seniors visiting the Peebles Hospital continued to be charged for medication even after the issue was raised as being illegal. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The host of the BVI Forum, Edmund Maduro, has sounded a warning that the Territory needs to be careful about the way seniors are allegedly treated at Peebles Hospital.

It was discovered recently that seniors and minors were allegedly being asked to pay for medication at Peebles Hospital even though this was against the laws of the Territory.

He questioned the purpose of the Government and House of Assembly in a situation where, according to him, seniors continue to be charged for medication at the hospital even though it is illegal and persons have spoken up about the issue.

“Healthcare is number one,” Maduro said on his programme aired on May 4, 2013. He further described the reports that seniors were still asked to pay for medication as a joke where persons were being “kicked around like dogs and cats in the field”.

“Where are our representatives? Where are our leaders? What is more important to us than our health?” the host questioned.

Maduro asked that citizens communicate with their representatives and let them know how they felt about the situation as it could grow to become an even more serious matter.

The talk show host also called for the removal of the hospital board or any higher source that would have instituted the mechanism that forced seniors to pay for their medication at Peebles Pospital. He said persons at the hospital can be sued for monies that they didn’t have for the illegal practice.

Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton recently apologised at a community meeting held in Sea Cows Bay as well as in the House of Assembly for the incidents and assured that this practice was discontinued.

According to Maduro, “If the law has not been changed and it is still in place, those causing this discomfort should pay the penalty, whatever that penalty is.”

“Whether you’re a citizen or Belonger or whatever,” Maduro said, “we all are entitled to life… it’s a universal right and a right that any country should protect.”

“This thing has been happening for over a week, and it should have been stopped the very next day it came to [the Health Minister’s] attention,” Maduro said.

15 Responses to “Maduro sounds warning on hospital's treatment of seniors”

  • the rock (09/05/2013, 07:53) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    please go and sit down with your nonsence..mr. maduro!
    • Hmm (09/05/2013, 09:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Look before yuh leap and having looked……….. DON’T LEAP. The political precipice was waiting patiently on you NDP, the master of deception and you all took a large BITE.
  • ... (09/05/2013, 07:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    ha ha after the farmers run him out of a meeting he now turn against NDP hahahaha hehehehe
  • Hmm (09/05/2013, 08:54) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The man might be arrongant but this time is for ah good cause
  • The Law (09/05/2013, 08:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry guys, Mr. Rcok it is not nonsense. If you read the law books it's there, so certainly Mr. Maduro has some merit to what he's saying. It's not about NDP or VIP it's about right and wrong. Imagine when you do reach these seniors age doyou want to be treated in with disrespect? Even the Minister apologise for the situation.
    • @the law (09/05/2013, 11:02) Like (1) Dislike (14) Reply
      The Minister apologized after he found that the fellow ministers were'nt backing him. and even though it was unpopular there was still all the drama about resigning if he didnt get his way. It's not like his mind has changed im sure he still feels that he is right. The people are just lucky that someone either stood up or put their foot down or it would have still been forced on the people. So your last sentence is impertinent.
      • soso (09/05/2013, 13:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        the question was asked why is the minter apologizing for did he do something wrong, he let Bumble bee and De white around her head come there and do a bunch a foolishness and her come the CEO, she better becareful before dem two put you in the position like how dem put Doc Georges
  • Conflict of Interest (09/05/2013, 09:04) Like (5) Dislike (16) Reply
    Fraser already said they investing more in the dead than in the living. More dead people means more graves and tombs, means the need for concrete. Means the break up of many large estates, means more land for sale cheap or the knowledgeable can just go and claim. Old people don't work, they live on fixed incomes how can they afford the sudden inflation in healthcare cost and medicine? Some people are worth more dead than alive. You do the maths.
  • ooooo (09/05/2013, 10:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    ronnie gonna start collecting rent from them senior citizens whenever that new home is built...mark my words
  • Boo (09/05/2013, 13:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Looks like the Ghetto Diva gone and stir up an ants nest with her foolishness. Maduro have a right to be vex
    Thats OK cousin Klein will make sure that she alright.
  • SITDOWN (09/05/2013, 16:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    WHO IS EDMUND IS THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND? SCRUPESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
  • YES! (09/05/2013, 20:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    keep on them case, they been doing this for longer than a week, it's not just meds but tests too
  • TWINE (09/05/2013, 23:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I UNDERSTAND THAT THE 3 DEMONS (GHETTO,BIG BIRD AND CRAZY EYES) IN THE BVIHSA COMING WITH ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO SEND HOME DR.HANNIBAL FROM THE HOSPITAL. WHY THESE WOMEN HATE THIS MAN SO. IS IT BECAUSE HE HAS SHOWN LEADERSHIP AND REPECTED BY STAFF. VINO TELL THE MINISTER RONNIE IF THEY TOUCH THIS OTHER LOCAL WE MATCHING ON HIM.THE STAFF OF THE BVIHSA WANT TO KNOW IF THESE DEMONS CASTRATE THE MINISTER
  • HSA Staff (10/05/2013, 17:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is not just the Board. The Minister need to get these three jokers (Big BIrd, Ghetto Diva, Dr Pop-eye) and their (T*** Live) cheerleader and their minions out of the hospital fast if he expects it to go anywhere. Clein the Clueless definitely got to go.

    The Minister needs to put an end to this cleansing of BVIslanders out of the services. In fact the Senior Medical Officer now up and down boasting how he got rid of a local Dr, Dr S a next local is next on his hit list, and he have some African buddies from Trinidad to bring in their place. The Health Services' law guarantees that those transferred will be no better off but Big Bird, Ghetto Diva, and Pop-out-eye now plotting to break that law just like how they broke the hospital fee law and put P&P staff on contract and fire the rest.

    Its time for Dr. Smith to step in like how he did with the NHI and clean this mess up


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