A letter to Troy Allen

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Dear Troy,

Yesterday, I sat in amazement & listened to you on your talk show, expressing in anger your plight concerning your mum’s experience at the SLBMC, a few days ago.

I was even more astonished when I heard the president of the local nurse’s association shared her experience with her son..

They were both nerve rocking stories and ofcourse they were stories not welcoming to one’s ears.

Now Troy, as you aware,  there have been several calls to the authorities to look into the state of affairs at our hospital… The calls from you & Mrs. Dupie-Winston are just additional cries appended to the list.

Obviously, these cries seem to be ignored by the authorities and moreso there seems not to be a voice heard or actions taken by the health minister.

There is no doubt that the hospital is in a mess and needs immediate attention, especially the ER dept. The hospital is definitely understaffed and those who are there, are surely overwhelmed with work.  It has caused a considerable degree of frustration, resentment & anger within the medical fraternity.

It is my view that what is metted by the medical staff and the public at large is injustice & gross disrespectful, & wickedness displayed by the health authorities & the government.

Surprisingly, there are several persons seeking employment in the medical care system. Some are young doctors, young nurses and even young medical technicians who are all unemployed. Most, if not all, are students who have completed their studies abroad and  returned home with the intention of giving back to the country of their birth. Yet still they have not been giving the opportunity.

Some of these young people are now wondering if they have now become second class citizens. As you rightly said, it is those who feels it knows it.

I would also add to such sentiments that our culture needs changing. Our voices need to be heard at all times…… It is only when we find ourselves in the kitchen we then cry about the heat that we are experiencing.

Once again I empathize with you. Let me hope that all goes well with your mum & ofcourse for the dear  nurse & others who are experiencing a similar fate…

Alex

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