'They took the hypocrites oath'

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on a story published Sunday about the horrible treatment some pregnant mothers alleged they were subjected to at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, the island's foremost facility for maternal care. Here are some of the edited comments:


This is just sad

Beverley Frater

I was a teenage mother who gave birth to a child at Victoria Jubilee Hospital in 1970 and made a vow I would never have another child because of the way I was treated. I was told some of the same things that was told to the mothers in this story.


That is why I think those of us who have the good fortune of other experience should take a stand for the less fortunate. We can and we should.

All of you mothers should now come together and hit up that hospital, the nurses association, medical association among others with a class action law suit. I find that people only listen to poor people when they set their pockets on fire.


Those poor mothers being subjected to such base treatment, you wouldn't treat a whelping dog like that. And these very same doctors & nurses go to church every Sunday, sticking their noses in the air with their fancy cars & clothes. Those poor mothers are way more compassionate & developed than the medical staff. I'm sickened to hear of this.

British Kevin

I don't think the nurses know there job description.


What of the Hippocratic Oath that they supposedly took?


@wisdom40: They took the hypocrites oath, swear one thing and do the opposite.


The nurses are to blame but majority of the blame is with the authorities for not keeping these doctors and nurses accountable and professional regardless of the economic background of the people they serve. Me sorry fi poor people!

adam godson

Did someone ask recently what does it mean to be Jamaican?


This is so very sad but not surprising. I have witnessed bad treatment at another major hospital so this is very prevalent. It is very heart [rending] to know that people who enter into the services that require empathy and sympathy are the ones treating citizens so badly. I'm convinced that some police personnel, health care professionals and yes, politicians too, do not genuinely care about humanity. To them it's just "another day, another dollar".


This is a horrible experience for any woman. These doctors and nurses need to have compassion... The minister of health and the chief medical officer needs to find these inhumane culprits and get them out of the system.

Ann Hudson

@jahreason: I am sure most of them have children... dem jus' wicked and heartless.


Nobody should have to experience something like this, regardless of income bracket. Nobody!


Welcome to the nastiness and lack of care, compassion and coldness of Jamaica,

concerned jamaican

I hope the authorities look into these allegations. This is not the first time that we are hearing of this kind of treatment of mothers at this facility. All of these incidents cannot be made up, something is wrong.


@concerned jamaican: Nothing will change... had a laugh once when I was in Jamaica at the mall and saw this man with a stethoscope around his neck... guess he had to advertise to the world that he is a doctor...

why you are not at the hospital? Had to laugh.


I believe every single word that these mothers are saying. The same thing happened to me years ago when I went to deliver my baby at the May Pen Hospital (only it wasn't as bad).


And yet, I just read an article about private hospitals being the hottest thing for Jamaica's tourism! Does our Ministry of Health understand that charity begins at home? It's not just VJH, Cornwall Regional is also a nightmare. I use the work nightmare because that is exactly what I encountered at CRH when I assisted a friend trying to get life sustaining treatment. When a health care system devolves into brutality, you can pretty much judge what the culture of a country is all about! These stories are heartbreaking and should not have happened. I also note that all the bloggers, all you people who scream about this and that, have nothing to say about this story. Just goes to show how misogynistic this country is when an article such as this does not even warrant an opinion!


This is extremely sad and hurtful, how can these doctors and nurses look at themselves in the mirror, they should be ashamed of themselves. They took a medical oath and they trampled on it. Something has to be done about this, total disregard for the patient, total neglect on the patience. We need to protest against these hospitals -- educate your doctors and nurses with people skills. Darn disgrace.


Jamaica has an extremely poor customer service attitude which permeates the entire society, and is seemingly tolerated and accepted as part of 'wi culcha'. Can't say I blame our politicians who run abroad for treatment at the slightest cough or headache. Just a pity we don't all have the wherewithal to do likewise.




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