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The West Shore Medical Hospital in Cocorite on Saturday.Photo: Jermaine Cruickshank.

A cardiac technologist attached to WestShore Medical Private Hospital in Cocorite is being investigated over online comments about Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s condition.

The technologist will also not be allowed to work at WestShore while the probe is conducted.

The comments were made on Facebook after the Prime Minister checked into the facility when he felt chest discomfort on Friday.

However, in a post shortly after Rowley was admitted, the technician commented online that he had to return to work at WestShore.

The post read, “Imagine while crawling in traffic on my way home from work I had to do an about turn and head back to the hospital to look after him...”

Another commenter said had it been him, he would have “sabotaged” his own car so he could not return to work.

The technician in response, dismissed this, saying “na. I have to look after everyone equally. I am not a politician.”

Another commenter then asked how “he” was feeling in a reference to the Prime Minister.

The technician said he was “pain-free” when he left work.

A screenshot of the exchange was captured and shared on social media, followed by online criticism from commentators.

Hospital: Appropriate action will be taken

In a statement yesterday morning, the hospital said it was “brought to the attention of WestShore Private Hospital, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute (ACI) and Cardiovascular Associates Ltd (CVA) that statements with reference to a patient were being circulated on social media, made allegedly by a cardiac technologist identified as an employee of Cardiovascular Associates Limited and a part-time independent contractor for ACI”.

The technician so identified is not a medical doctor, WestShore stated.

“An investigation into the matter was immediately initiated by our companies, and will be conducted in accordance with full due process, following which action deemed necessary and appropriate will be taken.

“Until this process is concluded, the technician will not be asked to provide any services at West Shore or for ACI,” it added.

WestShore said its three companies are governed by a “zero-tolerance policy regarding breaches of patient confidentiality”, adding that “all staff members and independent contractors are required to sign agreements to keep patient information in the strictest confidence”. —AB


SHOCKED and flabbergasted.

That is how North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) chief executive officer Davlin Thomas felt whilst reading the Sunday Express lead story yesterday in which outpatients related their agony of having to wait long periods for health care at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

Most outpatients interviewed by the Express over the last few weeks expressed continued frustration over postponements of appointments.

A Santa Flora man was chased and shot dead in the middle of the roadway yesterday.

He was identified as Trevor Hospedales.

Police said 47-year-old Hospedales was sitting on the roadside with his stepson, a Venezuelan national, when a man walked up to them at around midday.

Dear children of Angelys Marelis Boada Munoz. If you ever make it to Trinidad, your mama is buried at the Freeport Public Cemetery, near where she lived, worked, and died.

It is an unmarked grave, but we know the spot. And we will take you there.

Just so you know, your mother got dignified last rites, attended by five friends, two gravediggers, the driver of the hearse, and a lawyer who paid the funeral expenses.

It took 26 days for “Angel” to get that funeral last Saturday.

Heavy rainfall has for years led to flood waters over-topping the Lothians Bridge at Inverness Road, Borde Narve, Princes Town.

However, with four major Government bodies denying claim of jurisdiction over the area, residents are left bemused. The bridge has been disowned.

Videos sent to the Express by concerned residents show a river where the road crosses, during heavy rainfall.

FRIDAY marked one year since Dr Rudradeva Sharma lost his life in a road traffic accident after he and one of his colleagues who worked at the San Fernando General Hospital were robbed and kidnapped minutes after leaving duty at midnight on January 14.

‘I’M fed up.”

These three short words sum up the emotion of patients seeking outpatient services at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, while their appointments keep getting pushed back over and over again.

While Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has showered praises on the parallel healthcare system established due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the primary healthcare system is suffering.