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May 5, 2016

BHPL Responds to Allegations in Wake of Murder

The murder of Troy Cole on Wednesday morning in Belize City is mired in controversy, particularly because Cole’s family and the Belize Police Department are alleging that he was refused medical attention after being shot on Gibnut Street.  The deadly attack occurred less than a stone’s throw away from the Belize Integral Health Center.  It is reported that the mortally injured young man sought emergency assistance from the healthcare provider but was denied entry into the building.  He would later succumb to his injuries at the KHMH sometime later.  In the wake of the incident, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams soundly criticized the institution for what he describes as a lack of professionalism.  Late this evening, Belize Health Care Partners Limited issued a release responding to the allegations.  In the letter, BHPL says “patients who were outside began rushing inside, and a patient shouted that a gunman was coming. The other Police Officer instructed the security guard to lock the door. The security guard complied and went quickly to report the same to the Clinic Administrator. The security guard immediately thereafter returned and, seeing the victim at the door, opened it. The family members came inside the clinic along with Mr. Cole and stated that he got shot. The Administrator, who had returned with the security guard, ordered the treatment room to be prepared, and went to get two doctors who were on duty to assist. The victim walked inside the clinic normally, and then slumped over a chair. He was bleeding profusely, and was being held up by his family members. The receptionist called 911 and reported the incident, and BERT was called. The treatment room was quickly prepared, and our personnel returned to carry the victim inside. It appears that during this brief period of time a Police mobile patrol vehicle arrived and carried Mr. Cole and his family members to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Our personnel then called to cancel the request for the ambulance. Officials of the Belize Police Department arrived and carried out an investigation, in which our personnel fully participated. We deny that the Belize Integral Health Center denied treatment to Mr. Cole, especially at such a critical time.”


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