Accountability in Bahamian Healthcare sign now

Parliament created the Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities Board in 1998 to license private hospitals and clinics. One of its chief responsibilities is to investigate complaints from the public, but it has no record of ever doing so.

Specifically, a formal complaint regarding the death of a patient at Doctors Hospital in 2002 has been wilfully ignored by the Board under three successive ministers of health.

According to the Act, the object of the Board is to ensure the delivery of quality healthcare to the Bahamian public. In fulfillment of this obligation the board has a duty to investigate fatalities at the hospitals and clinics which it licenses.

Despite this obligation the Board has claimed over the past four years that it does not have the means to conduct an investigation and the chairman of the Board, Dr Kirk Culmer, is on record as stating that the legal requirement for official notification of hospital deaths was "antiquated and unnecessary". He insists that regulatory authorities do not need to know how many people die in a healthcare facility.

Not only has the Hospitals Board never investigated any complaint - and now explicitly refuses to do so, even in the face of ministerial directives - it also wants that power revoked. In other words, it wants private clinics to be totally deregulated.

This petition calls on you - our elected leaders - to ensure accountability under the law for citizens accessing the healthcare sector.

It is a fundamental principal that every human being has a right to life. We urge you to ensure that healthcare regulations are enforced to improve patient survival rates. The Board's legal and professional obligations must be carried out so that the right to life of Bahamian citizens can be protected.

Alternatively, we advocate the establishment of a national Healthcare Commission with the power to investigate complaints from the private or public healthcare sectors, and to implement measures to address failings in the delivery of healthcare.

For the sake of independence, impartiality and the public interest, we also advocate that a member of the proposed Healthcare Commission be appointed from an internationally recognized medical accreditation organization.

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Latest Signatures

  • 07 January 2016550. Patricia Newtonj
    Good move - everyone must be accountable
  • 01 January 2016549. Keneisha Oneal
    yes i believe that bahamians need better health care in the bahamas
  • 13 October 2015548. Jim L
    I support this petition
  • 07 October 2015547. Helen A
    Hopefully this will do some good in the future!!!
  • 26 September 2015546. Michelle N
    I support this petition
  • 16 September 2015545. Lia H
    Am pleased to sign this ... I knew Chris well...
  • 12 September 2015544. Donna S
    I support this petition
  • 09 September 2015543. Melbourne W
    This is a critical component if the populace of our nation is to place any level of faith in the available health care providers (both private and public). Careful, responsible and thoughtful implementation of this vital oversight function is long overdue
  • 04 September 2015542. Leonard N
    Me and my mother and my father too have been severly misstreated and kept over the alloted time just for the money
  • 31 August 2015541. Rev Samuelmb
    I support this petition
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  • 02 June 2015537. Lesley Ek
    At present there is NO ACCOUNTABLITY HERE IN THE BAHAMAS. The infant mortality rate is SKY HIGH. The delivery ward, public and private should be staffed with FULLY TRAINED, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL DOCTORS - NOT INTERNS. Many babies are delivered here by non
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  • 11 May 2015533. Eugene Eh
    We need accountability in our health care system
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Lorie WeaverBy:
Petition target:
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Health Minister Hubert Minnis


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