The following statement was released by OBA MP Susan Jackson, Shadow Minister of Health…

It is disheartening to see a GP expressing his ongoing frustration regarding ineffective communication from King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. 

The One Bermuda Alliance has been speaking about the challenges in healthcare on the island for awhile and the Government has failed to do anything to address a number of them. 

The fact that the there is a breakdown where it comes to healthcare communication is alarming. The fact that communication between the hospital and medical doctors in the community sends a chilling message that we have to do better; no excuses are warranted.

If we really care about the people of Bermuda and the quality of healthcare, the Minister of Health will speak up and say what is being done to make sure the GP’s concerns are acknowledged and addressed. The community needs comfort in knowing that his concerns are not falling on deaf ears.

It’s totally unacceptable that a doctor, who cares for a patient, finds out from outside of the hospital that their patient has passed away. It’s certainly not the way we would expect our healthcare system to run. If we cannot communicate within the medical community, how can we make fundamental changes to healthcare?