The visit began in the British Virgin Islands on 17 October, where Dr Boodhoo, accompanied by Mr Al Neaber – International Service Development Co-ordinator at MPS – held a meeting with the Islands’ Health Services Authority. The meeting was with acting Chief Executive Ursula Wilson and under discussion were issues relating to risk management and current cases.
A day later it was over to Barbados, to meet with Angela Philips, the Executive Secretary of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP). Mr Neaber updated Ms Philips on a number of developments at MPS – namely the global counselling service for members, new educational materials, and the Caribbean and Bermuda portal for the E-learning site.
While in the country, further meetings were held with panel lawyers Brian Barrow, of Carrington & Sealy, and Pat Cheltenham, of Charlton Chambers.
It was back to Barbados a day later, to hold a meeting with Francis de Peiza, Chairman of the Board of Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). There were positive reports on various projects within the hospital, including those related to equipment and infrastructure procurement.
The visit then took in another presentation for junior doctors, this time at Jamaica’s Bustamante Children’s Hospital. Dr Boodhoo gave the presentation, entitled “Negligence and the Six Cs”, which covered negligence and record- keeping. It was given before an audience of 28 junior doctors from a range of public hospitals in Kingston. Mr Neaber rounded off the presentation by discussing further MPS educational products on offer to attendees and MPS members.