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Jan 10, 2012

Ministry of Health says incident is regrettable

Peter Allen

To get an official statement on behalf of the Ministry of Health, News Five spoke with C.E.O., Dr. Peter Allen. Allen says that what happened is regrettable and steps are being taken to rectify the situation, but that concern for the patients remains at the forefront.

Via Phone: Dr. Peter Allen, C.E.O., Ministry of Health

“Well, Andrea we are grateful that you call the Ministry and give the Ministry the opportunity to respond to what is an extremely regrettable incident. Certainly, there would appear to have been a serious error in judgment in the part of the management of the hospital. As always the main objective of the Ministry is to make sure that the patients are provided for, service to the community as you know is always our priority. And to this end, the Regional Manager, based on her office in Belmopan and one of our administrative officers from Ministry of Health has travelled to San Ignacio and are there as we speak, making sure that services to the community are not interrupted and damaged in any way at all.”

Andrea Polanco

“Okay, Dr. Allen, with respect to the incident that took place this morning, I believe that you’ve requested that Ms. Pulido issue a formal letter of apology to Doctor Rosado?”

Via Phone: Dr. Peter Allen

“Yes, indeed. As I said, it certainly appears to be a serious error in judgment and I understand that Mrs. Pulido has already written to Doctor Rosado apologizing for that error of judgment and for any embarrassment concerned.”

Andrea Polanco

“Okay, Dr. Allen I spoke, maybe an hour or so ago with an employee of the hospital, and as far as she said to me they are on a go-slow. Is the Ministry aware of that?”

Via Phone: Dr. Peter Allen

“Well, that rumor had been presented to me earlier and that is why we asked the regional manager, Mrs. Ellis and an administrative officer to go down to San Ignacio Community Hospital. Mrs. Ellis, just five minutes ago just before our conversation now, Mrs. Ellis assured me that services are going on as usual at the hospital, and there is no go-slow.”

Allen says that at this time he isn’t able to say whether the letter of apology will put the matter to rest and that he is awaiting that report from the team dispatched to the San Ignacio Hospital.

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10 Responses for “Ministry of Health says incident is regrettable”

  1. belizean abroad says:

    Letter of apology? No man get her removed. This happens because, the government don’t put the rigth people in the right places! Only in Belize a nurse is a doctor’s boss. All these doctor’s need to do is take a course in hospital administration. Doctors should administrate hospitals not nurses! Come on Peter Allen. Move the health system is Belize foward not backward.

  2. anonymous says:

    Peter allen is a Dentist not a Doctor and he is the one that wrote the letter of apology and not ms. Pupo Pulido. this nurse has done a lot of bad things to the staff there and she need to get out now before its to late for her.

  3. locobelizean says:

    get her out of san ignacio hospital. and to mr. allen stop cover for her.

  4. Emerildez Montenegro says:

    Come on … seems that the boxing has just started !!!
    We need better SERVICES at out hospitals, not disputes.
    Who knows the real truth? Maybe these girls are fighting for some boyfriend!!!
    Both of them should be dealt with accordingly ( a little spank in the rear) and sent to do their jobs !

  5. SanIgnacio Resident says:

    Well I must let everyone know that alot of politics is involved with the management of this facility. Mr. Allen should wake up and see what is happening here because the only person that can change it is you Mr. Allen. You seem to be a God fearing man so you SHOULD know that a DOCTOR SHOULD manage the hospital.

  6. Mosh says:

    political apointee…………political at its best……

  7. Louisville says:

    Really and truely Anonymous, a Dentist is the designation of a Doctor that is specialized in that field. So, be that as it may, the fact that he is head of the health services in the country is what matters.
    I know Pete personally and, I also know that people change but, if he hasn’t, then I trust that he will get to the bottom of this latest fiasco and sort it out and do the right thing as the CEO.

  8. ProudBelizean says:

    Well said Louisville. I second that. I know him personally and he is very professional.

  9. sad belizean says:

    well stop cover Mr. pete he also has his toloerance but I don’t know if for blame he or not but this country has many qualified person for the post but if you are not tight with politics you are nothing, the job will require for a qualified person but if are the minister !!!!!!! and only have a school diploma you get the job.

  10. Lysa says:

    @anonymous: do you realize that in order to become a dentist, you would have to be a GP first then you specialize. and where is your proof that Dr. Allen wrote the apology, what has he done to you or not done for you for you to be accusing him so.

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