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UDP calls out Ministers of Health and Police for “failing” healthcare providers

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2024. 4:13 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) has issued a statement calling out the Ministers of Health and Police for “failing” healthcare providers.

The UDP says that it “is outraged at the reactive and apologetic approach in the release issued by Cabinet today June 11, 2024 in reference to the San Ignacio Community Hospital incident. Such apologetic release is the fuel to the continued deterioration of the Health System managed by the Minister of Health & Wellness.”

In addition, the UDP says that the Ministry of Health and Wellness “should be fully aware that all government hospitals face unique challenges related to safety and security. MOHW has a responsibility to ensure that all government hospitals including San Ignacio Community Hospital is provided an inviting environment for staff, visitors and most importantly for patients to feel safe as they receive care, visit loved ones and administer treatment. The recent incident at SICH outrightly shows the security collapse at the Hospital.”

The UDP further said that the Ministry has an obligation to ensure:

There exist an entire set of Safety and Security Protocols for SICH that documents how to address the recent incident at the Hospital to not have elevated to the level it did.

There should exist additional security protocols to adhere to other possible events such as unstable patients, conflicts with patients & family, disgruntled employees and other security threats.

These are basic protocols that the Minister of Health & Wellness should have ensured his Ministry have in place at all Regional and Referral Hospitals from day one when he took over MOHW Ministry.

“The recent statement made by a representative of MOHW made no reference to the security protocols at SICH. It is the recent Cabinet release that tries to make reference to such Protocols to cover for MOHW lack thereof such Protocols. This was an outright failure of MOHW executing its Security Protocols at SICH.

This incident adds to the long list of blunders by the incompetent Minister of Health & Wellness and the reality of his ministry’s failures of its Plan Belize Manifesto, Failure to execute MOHW’s National Annual Operational Plan of 2022/2023 and Failure of executing the Belize Health Sector Strategic Plan of 2014 to 2024,” the UDP stated.

The UDP also called for the resignation of the Minister of Health and Wellness.


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