Ramsammy to launch probe into New Amsterdam death
Guyana Chronicle
August 28, 2002

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HEALTH Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy will launch a formal investigation into the July 30 death of a New Amsterdam citizen.

The woman reportedly died due to a 30-minute delay in health care delivery at the New Amsterdam Hospital.

The minister received the complaint last Saturday from Land Court Judge, Mr. John. O. Persaud while attending a meeting at the boardroom of the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association.

The complainant expressed deep hurt over the unavailability of medical help for 30 minutes at the New Amsterdam Hospital, which he said caused the death of his wife who had suffered an asthmatic attack.

The Health Minister, while expressing sympathy, described the New Amsterdam Hospital as the worst administered health institution in the country.

"There is a definite breakdown in health care delivery in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne). The system should work so that a person of any status could get adequate care," Ramsammy stressed.

He noted that health care, along with its supervision, is a regional responsibility, and expressed disappointment that Berbicians did not support him in having a better administered facility.

He said while a Medic is important, the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital must be manned around the clock by doctors.

And while acknowledging the problem of staff shortage and not so good salaries, the minister said doctors within the Public Service have a responsibility to serve the people efficiently.