Shortage of doctors in Barbados leads to long waits for treatment
The doctors resigned unexpectedly in the last several weeks and hospital
have not found replacements, said Ronald Bascombe, permanent secretary in the
Ministry of Health.
"The shortage of doctors is causing serious problems at the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital, mainly in its medicine and surgery departments," he said.
The doctors recently resigned from the hospital for work in the United
said. The lack of qualified doctors in the job market on the island has delayed the
search for replacements.
He said there has been a reduction of services at the hospital's accident
The government owns the 34-year-old, 600-bed hospital in southern Barbados.
On Saturday, dozens of islanders complained of hours-long long waits for
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