94-year-old citizen: PM Harris boasts ‘things are better,’ but Health Centre out of all 8 medications doctor prescribed.

Basseterre, St Kitts, November 4, 2019 – A 94-year-old citizen has chided the Timothy Harris-led Team Unity Government over the continued failing state of healthcare in St Kitts and Nevis.
The unidentified male called into Freedom FM’s popular call in programme “Issues” on Friday November 1, 2019 to complain that while the government boasting of its ‘surpluses and surpluses’ and is doing things that never happen in St Kitts, yet, the Basseterre Health Center was out of all 8 medications his doctor prescribed.
“The (Team Unity) Government is boasting that they doing better…and the things they are doing never happen in St Kitts. I am a 94-year-old man and I went to the doctor. The doctor gave me a prescription with 8 different things (tablets). I carry it to the Health Centre and I cannot get one of the eight,” said the caller, who did not give his name.
He told host Juni Liburd: “I have been paying Social Services Levy since 1980 until 2008. I am not getting Social Security and it is very hard on me to go to the drug store to pay for these things that the doctor put on the list for me to get.”
Recently a caller complained that a patient who has been diagnosed with breast cancer turned up at the Oncology Unity at the J N France Hospital only to be told the treatment was not available although she had complied with all the pre-arrangements.
With two ministers of health, Hon Eugene Hamilton and Sen the Hon Wendy Phipps, healthcare has taken a nosedive with the three hospitals – J N France, Pogson Medical Centre and Mary Charles lacking basic medication and prescription drugs as well as bed sheets, pillows and pillow cases. There have been constant complaints by the public of the government pharmacies at the hospitals and clinics unable to fill prescription drugs for diabetic and hypertensive patients.
Former prime minister and current Leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas has on several occasions pointed to the deterioration in healthcare, rising unemployment, increase in poverty and widespread nepotism and corruption in the Timothy Harris-led Team Unity Government.
He noted that conditions at the medical institutions have deteriorated due to neglect by the Team Unity Government, lack of medication and supplies and large-scale resignation of trained nurses.

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