Saint Lucia’s Health Minister Mary Isaac has been recounting her experience about six years ago in getting treatment at Victoria Hospital.
Isaac spoke against the backdrop of concerns about long delays experienced in getting treatment at the health care facility and persistent complaints about conditions there.
The Minister recalled that she visited the hospital in regard to an issue with her leg, arriving there about 6 O’ clock in the evening.
“At seven in the morning I left Victoria Hospital and went to the polyclinic because a Doctor had not seen me,” Isaac recalled.
“Since I knew that the polyclinic was opening at 8 O’ clock I left Victoria Hospital and went to the Gros Islet polyclinic,” she told reporters, explaining that she arrived before the health care facility in the North of the Island was opened.
She said she ‘rushed in’ when it opened since the facility operated on a first come, first served basis.
According to Isaac, she did not leave the polyclinic until about 11 O’ clock in the morning.
“The records are there to show that actually happened,” she declared
She told reporters she was recounting the incident to indicate that the situation was not unprecedented.
“What is happening now is not new – this has always been happening,” Isaac stated.
“Now we actually have more staff to attend to people and now we have a triage system that has been put in place, it is working a lot more efficiently than the chaos we used to have before,” the Minister noted.
“We continue to have a lot of issues and I am not going to say it’s perfect. We are working towards making it better,” Isaac said.
She expressed the view that when the transition is made to the Owen King EU Hospital (OKEUH), things should be a lot better.