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Antigua: DNA weighs in on hospital inefficiencies

An opposition party leader is accusing the Cabinet of “grandstanding” and has mocked its claim that 4,000 more people went to the hospital for care last year than in 2014 solely because they have greater faith in the system now than they did back then.

Joanne Massiah of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) said she fails to see the correlation which the Minister of Health Molwyn Joseph is attempting to make when he told the Cabinet that, “The increase in the number of patients is credited to knowledge of improved care at the MSJMC and in healthcare, despite the reports of occasionally long waits at the Emergency Room.

More doctors and nurses have been assigned to Emergency Room service since 2014.” While, Government’s Chief of Staff, Lionel Hurst, who yesterday revealed what MinisterJoseph told the Cabinet on Wednesday, said “We know it is not as a result of increased illness, the Antigua and Barbuda population, even though it is aging, is also relatively healthy. You know we live until age 76 on average and we suffer from two major diseases, non-communicable diseases, hypertension and sugar.”

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