Saturday, February 15, 2014

Treat patients better: PM Kamla

File: PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar in Parliament
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Friday instructed her health minister, Fuad Khan, to take measures to make sure that patients get better and more humane treatment at public health care institutions.

"From conversations throughout the length and breadth of the country people express concerns about health care they also speak of the service that they receive when they attend an institution," Persad-Bissessar said. 

"They complain of the way in which they are treated...You go there with your loved ones ill or you yourself and that is the last thing you need to be, in the normal language, roughed up or ‘bouff’ up. 

The Prime Minister told the minister to change that so patients can be comfortable because "a patient must be the client of our health services."

She made the point when she spoke in the House of Representatives on a bill aimed at amending the Nurses and Midwives Registration Act.

"I did not really plan to speak," she said. "But I felt it important to speak because I met outside with some of the nurses and can we please give them a round of applause for the great work they have been doing," Persad-Bissessar told legislators. Some of them had gathered in the public gallery to hear the debate.

Some of the nurses who met with the PM outside Parliament Friday (Express photo)
The Prime Minister said the nurses raised two concerns about the bill. One issue was that individuals would be able to train as a nurse and be admitted to practice at a health institution without taking a licensing examination.

The second, they said, would allow an individual with only one pass from the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and a "passion for nursing" to train to become a nurse.

Persad-Bissessar said both issues have been addressed. With respect to the first, she said she has discussed it with the minister who assured her that there would be an amendment to ensure that after an individual completes the requisite training the person would then have to write the license exam.

On the other matter she said, "There would not be someone going into training as a nurse with one CXC and the passion for nursing.”

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