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Gail Hosein (Ms)
April 24, 2014
CHARLES KONG SOO
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan says
the ministry will unveil its plan shortly
to help alleviate the severe backlog
for CT scans, the shortage of radiol-
ogists and also make cancer drugs
more available to patients.
The medical services and drugs
means the difference between life and
death for thousands of cancer patients.
Khan had said in October last year,
that millions of dollars worth of cancer
drugs had gone missing from the phar-
macy at the St James Medical Complex
and the Chaguaramas building where
the Health Ministry s drugs were stored.
On Thursday he repeated this, saying
the drugs were ending up in the hands
of private doctors.
Investigations into this matter are
The plight of several cancer patients
were brought to Khan s attention by
the Sunday Guardian last week.
Larry Glanville, 59, who works in the
Health Ministry s Insect Vector Control
division has been making visits to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital since
December and was eventually diagnosed
with colon cancer in March 5.
When he went for his CT scan last
Wednesday, he was told there was no
radiologist on hand to read his chart
and told to return at the end of May
when the hospital might have a radi-
ologist. He was also told there was a
backlog of cases.
Khan: I am very upset
Khan said, "That is a classical exam-
ple of poor communication to a patient,
and that is the nonsense that has been
pervading the health sector.
"There is a person who has cancer,
an illness that can be considered ter-
minal unless treated. These heartless
people in the health sector...it s not
everybody could watch a person and
tell them they don t know when they
will have his report and come back in
a month or two," he said.
"I am very upset at all the institutions
that are doing this, their excuse is that
they have a lot of cases and backlogs
and they must treat every case on its
merit and deal with it in an appropriate
He said he didn t know whether it
was heartlessness or done deliberately
to frustrate patients to utilise the private
health institutions and pay for reports.
Khan disclosed that the same inci-
dent occurred in pathology and other
departments and the ministry was
working to fix the situation.
He said a system would be put in
place to handle the backlogs soon, and
the RHAs will be told to prioritise and
deal with the most urgent cases first.
'Minister should do
spot visits regularly'
Glanville s wife, Tarra, said it
reached a boiling point when she
was told after the many hospital
visits that there was no radiologist
to read her husband s CT scan and
when she was shown the stockpile
of patients CT scans.
The receptionist said she wanted
Khan to intervene in her husband s
case as without the CT scan read-
ing he cannot get the proper cancer
treatment that can save his life.
She said Glanville s 63-year-old
brother also had throat cancer and
was wasting away waiting on the
hospital doctors to call him for an
Tarra called on Khan to imple-
ment a more efficient system for
patients to get their life-saving
medication, and improve the effi-
ciency of nurses, hospital staff and
security guards who interact with
patients and the public.
Glanville said private institutions
charged $2,000 for CT scans and
readings were done on the same
Tarra wished that Khan could
do more unannounced spot visits
to hospitals as things went better
during his tours.
Khan said he did these spot
checks all the time to shake up the
health care system.
Another cancer patient said
drugs such as Eloxatin, Leukovorin
and Gemcitabene were not avail-
able at the St James Radiotherapy
Centre and suppliers were selling
the same drugs for $5,000 to
$7,000 per dose.
Severe backlog for CT scans
...Fuad has plan to ease the strain for cancer patients
Cancer patient, Larry Glanville at
his Barataria home on Friday.
PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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