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Mar 23, 2015

Frustration at the K.H.M.H.

Today, police had to be called in to the K.H.M.H. Emergency Area after an irate patient smashed the glass entrance door, cutting himself badly. The story is an old and tired one – patients waiting hours for treatment and claiming that they are being ignored by K.H.M.H. staff on duty in the emergency room. This time, the frustration was just too much for Adolfo Caceres, who was tired of waiting for attention at the national referral hospital.


Quineisha Burgess, Girlfriend

“We were just in the emergency room waiting from, like, nine o’clock because my boyfriend got shipped in from San Pedro because he couldn’t breathe good and his heart was stopping a little, so we came to the hospital and we explained everything that was happening to him and they did not want to hear that. He went into the emergency room and everything and they chased him back outside and then he got really upset and punched a glass which caused him to get a bigger accident. Da like weh everybody deh seh da hospital…everybody deh wait from morning and nobody they noh tend to.”


Quineisha Burgess


“What happened when the glass was broken? What was the response from the hospital?”


Quineisha Burgess

“Well the response was very immediate. When the glass broke they acted like somebody died in front of their face. Everybody ran out…security, everything ran out, and when the patients are in there sick and looking like they’re ready to die, they still don’t want to tend to them, but for a glass they run out.”


Voice of: Adolfo Caceres, Broke Door at K.H.M.H.

“When I gawn in the first time di doctor tell just hold on and wait cause ih got somebody with ah, so I come out fu wait again but eventually the pain kick up more and I explain to ah I couldn’t tek it no more cause I feel like I kinda wah faint too, then she like she tell me wait cause she got somebody else soh just wait outside and inna di pain and I kinda ignorant and I rush out and when I push the door dat da how ih bruk.”


Lynette Middleton

Lynette Middleton, Observer at the K.H.M.H.

“It’s a reflection of the frustration that people are facing in terms of going to emergency and not being serviced, their needs not being met. I think I empathize as someone who would also need to come here if I ever fall ill. I have come here recently with my father and we have also had to wait. And it doesn’t matter that you are in an emergency situation, which means that it is practically a near death experience you’re facing in the moment. This particular person I understand had breathing problems. He was struggling to breathe and his heart…it looks like he has some condition of that nature. And even though these were serious problems that he was facing, it seems that he was not being given the attention he needed, like the entire roomful of people that were waiting.”


Caceres received cuts on both hands, one which required thirteen stitches. So who’s going to pay for the broken door? Caceres told us that he was told by the K.H.M.H. that if he tells the media that the institution is not at fault, he wouldn’t have to. Late this evening, the hospital issued a release stating that patients are seen at the A and E based on the severity of their illness.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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3 Responses for “Frustration at the K.H.M.H.”

  1. Kay says:

    If they don’t see blood oozing out of you they don’t even give you the time of day. Poor people will all die out because they can’t pay a private hospital the “King’s Ransom” they charge.

  2. CEO says:

    If he was so sick how can he have the wherewithal to smash a glass door?

  3. Arnol says:

    I can concurred that this hospital need more caring doctors and nurses especially in the ER. i was a victim when i took my 1 ear old son to the ER and no attention was given whatsoever and my kid could have died. i had to take him to a children s clinic around the pound yard. Thanks to that hospital my child got better

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