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Action urged against hospital 'lawbreakers' – 3D Caller

- suggests Health Minister’s apology premature regarding illegal charges for seniors
A caller to the 3D Show has urged that action be taken against those responsible for seniors being charged for prescription medication at the Peebles Hospital. Photo: VINO/File
The caller did not seem to be satisfied with an apology made previously Health Minister Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton and indicated that it may have been premature. Photo: VINO
The caller did not seem to be satisfied with an apology made previously Health Minister Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton and indicated that it may have been premature. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A terse apology about seniors being charged illegally for medication from Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton in the House of Assembly did not sit well with a resident recently.

The resident, who claimed to be Fletcher Scatliffe, took to the airwaves on May 3, 2013 as a caller on the 3D Show to express his feelings on the matter as candidly as he could.

“I want to go on record of speaking to the unacceptable behaviour at the Peebles Hospital that occurred a few days ago,” Scatliffe said.

“He didn’t do anything,” Scatliffe added in reference to Hon. Skelton’s apology, “I don’t know what he’s apologising for.”

The caller said he wanted to let the Minister know that the people of the Virgin Islands would not accept the kind of behaviour where “people coming from wherever they come from” were able to change the laws in the Territory without going to the legislature.

Scatliffe had two requests of the Minister, “The first thing I want Mr Skelton to do, is have the people who did that apologise to us publicly, this is the first thing we need.”

He added, “The second thing is, they must give the people back their money, because [they’re] stealing Doug, this is an illegal charge. The people must be given back the money that was taken from them.”

According to Scatliffe, whoever was responsible for the act, also needed to be dismissed.

“After you fire them, then Mr Skelton can apologise for the bad behaviour of these people,” he added “after recognising that they are people who don’t need to be there at the hospital working.”

He further suggested that the persons responsible for the "illegal charges" were persons who didn’t care about patients and about giving a service to the Territory.

Scaltiffe alleged that he had a disturbing personal encounter at the hospital’s pharmacy recently where he was left with the impression that the Pharmacist didn’t care whether he lived or died.

According to the caller, he was informed that there was a new system in place effective February 1, 2013 which invalidated any system that obtained prior to this.

“They refused to give me the medication, they didn’t care whether I lived or died or what happened,” Scatliffe contended.

The action by the hospital to charge seniors and minors for prescriptions done by the hospital (which is against the law) has created an uproar in the Territory with persons speaking out about it at every turn.

Questions have also been swirling about whether individuals would be refunded for the medication they were asked to pay for.

Both in the HOA as well as at a recent community meeting in the Third District, Hon. Skelton described the move as something that shouldn’t have happened and offered an apology for the apparent glitch.

22 Responses to “Action urged against hospital 'lawbreakers' – 3D Caller”

  • Poor fellow | (05/05/2013, 08:50) Like (9) Dislike (20) Reply
    ronnie, myron and mark must go they have let us down
    • justice (06/05/2013, 06:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      that is so wrong mr minister how could the getto deva allow this to happen
      • Boo (06/05/2013, 08:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Ghetto Deva, Big bird, and Popeye are the perpetrators!
      • foolishnish (06/05/2013, 08:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        It is the Getto Diva and the big eye woman along with the fashionish
        is who did it just like how them went up from $15. to 30. with out announcing it to the public dem to nasty and what I don't understand is that we are crying saying to leave the money in the BVI but yet we have to pay the Spanish people who is leaving with dem big fat check. what sense does that make
    • sha (06/05/2013, 11:39) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Dear Hon Ronnie please you are seeing what is going on from day to day with that full eye woman and the grey woman just causing all the problem. Dear Human resource Manager, please don't just listen to the lies from those people dem lies call in both party in front of the full eye and the gray hair woman and let us see who is lying.
  • ooooo (05/05/2013, 09:02) Like (10) Dislike (15) Reply
    ronnie needs locking up for ripping-off seniors and children
    • mother hen (05/05/2013, 13:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      We don’t care about party, that doesn’t help us...we need a few good man
    • wise up (05/05/2013, 13:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      The National Democratic Party have these grandiose illusions for the BVI & intend to do so at the expense of the citizens and residents of the BVI; this administration should be a shame to charge the elders and the infants of this territory for heath care!!!!!....
  • How stupid! (05/05/2013, 09:53) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    how could they bill poor people when its against the law???no one has regard for the laws
    • Supporter (05/05/2013, 10:57) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
      because the NDP is for rich, whites and expats...if you are local you must be in the investment club to get anything
      • maybe (05/05/2013, 15:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Maybe that is why so many VIP supporters are in the investment club and invest especially in sage. I am always amused when this club is exclusively associated with the NDP and no mention of the other party.
  • tgfdgrft (05/05/2013, 11:39) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    please dont forget to make PASTOR GRIME apologise also he knows about the charging for the medication also he is also a big one there.
  • staff (05/05/2013, 13:49) Like (7) Dislike (14) Reply
    Wow Pastor Grime and the high heel gang strike again!
  • lenny (05/05/2013, 18:37) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    could imagine i was admitted to the hospital and while on my sick bed, a staff from medical billing came almost every day to ask me to make a payment on my bill, they need a better way to capture their money not while the patient is on the ward, what happen to the admission fee i had to pay before i was admitted i guess that did'nt count.
  • chad (06/05/2013, 00:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVIHSA strike again...... Its BIG BIRD is whp change things, the staff only went along because they did not want to get fired..... She is looking for a loop hole to fire persons who is permanent and pensionable.... Ronnie if u want to get back in you need to get rid of she and her goons. They hire a motivational speaker and tell you if you don't go they will deduct money from your salary what kind of madness is that....that system they brought on is was not needed at the time maybe lata on but not now....
    • staff (06/05/2013, 08:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Speaker from NLB and all the computers and supplies from Infinite. Grime strikes again!
  • Roaming Customer (06/05/2013, 21:05) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do agree with Mr. Fletcher, the person/s who were & are responsible for such action should b dismissed permanently. The staff cannot be blamed because they are just following orders that are out of their jurisdiction. You cannot have a meeting & enforce a law or principle by WORD OF MOUTH & without proper proceedings & legislations. That was not passed in the HOA or even validated & people have to suffer bec of incompetent people making decisions they have no right making. Cline MAY have business sense but is very DAFT when it comes to health care & medical matters. People who are appointed to be a chairman of any Hospital Board supposed to be MEDICALLY EDUCATED & INCLINED something of which Cline have absolutely no knowledge of. These articles & issues pertaining to BVIHSA, Cline is NEVER AWARE of the matters & that is absurd. Pertinent matter of this magnitude the Chairman should NO! Since it have WOLVES are amongst them, they should run and HOWL the news to him and he will ALWAYS BE ONTOP or AHEAD of things. The Director, Popeye & crew are masterminders & manipulators & under their leadership the authority has collasped significantly, people have suffered & continuously suffer because of their egos. If the Hon Ronnie Skelton cant see the destruction these women are causing, then he probably need to upgrade his lens or let Stevie Wonder direct him because it's obvious the blind have vision & who have the vision is very blind & without the vision the people will PERISH.
  • Binocs (06/05/2013, 21:58) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I was feeling like I would have passed out. so I went to the government clinic to check my blood pressure and I was charged $5.00 to take my pressure. It was not like that before. What are they losing when they take someone's blood pressure. Vanterpool store and pharmacy does it FREE. This is a government service and the people pay tax.
  • Real (07/05/2013, 09:03) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    the hospital gone to the dogs, i all my twenty something years working there i never thought it would a get like this, the statutary thing aint working and if they behaving so now could you imagine when they move to the new hospital the poor will surely die because its all about the money money money now not health, money first then health after, they keep talking about people going to eureka but guess what is the service that counts.
  • cnn (07/05/2013, 23:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another distraction from geting the economy moving

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