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Panday: More hospitals cannot solve healthcare problems

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Mickela Panday - Archive photo
Mickela Panday – Archive photo

PATRIOTTIC Front political leader Mickela Panday has asked how the construction of another hospital will improve the delivery of healthcare.

Last week, Prime Minister and Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh formally opened the new Sangre Grande Medical Campus.

Panday did not mention the campus by name when she spoke about health issues in a Facebook post on April 20.

“Opening a new hospital without the necessary human, financial and medical resources is like a toll in the mud. Especially if the hospitals currently operating are not functioning efficiently.”

She also did not identify these hospitals.

Panday said the problem is not the number of hospitals in the country.

She added that without the necessary resources to properly operate existing hospitals, “we may create further shortages in an already stressed health care system.”

Panday said those in authority must be accountable to the people on how the billions of taxpayers spent on healthcare every year are spent, why there is still a shortage of key medical personnel and equipment, whether there is transparency and accountability in healthcare management and whether sufficient resources and support are provided to medical staff to do their work efficiently.

Panday said until these and other questions are properly answered, “Nothing will change and we will still talk about building and opening a new hospital.”