Tag Archives: Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)

GUYANA: G$30M worth in equipment destroyed in fire at Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC)

The aftermath of the fire at the GPHC echocardiograph (ECG) room

According to the Guyana Fire Service, ranks responded to a report of a fire at the hospital sometime around 05:24hrs on New Year’s Day by deploying water tenders from the Central, Campbellville and Albertown Fire Stations.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Plane crash lands in swamp at Eccles backlands on way to Ogle Airport


– Pilot thanks God for life as passengers escape with minor injuries

Some of the rescuers on the scene

Aug 15, 2021 – Kaieteur News – A pilot, Learie Barclay, yesterday thanked God for life after the aircraft he was piloting with a co-pilot and three passengers onboard, experienced some mechanical difficulties and crash landed in a swamp located at the Eccles Backlands, East Bank Demerara (EBD).

The plane Barclay was piloting, a Britten Norman Trislander owned by Roraima Airways, had reportedly experienced mechanical difficulties as it was approaching the Ogle Airport after returning from a trip to Imbaimadai, Region Seven.          Continue reading

GUYANA: GPSU threatens strike action by health workers from October 7th. 2020

– cites ultimata going all the way back to January 2019

More than a year after its executive council mandated industrial action in the Health Sector, the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has delivered yet another ultimatum to the Minister of Health.

Patrick Yarde

Patrick Yarde

This time the union has said that it would authorize strike action from Wednesday, October 7 if the Minister fails to provide a “positive response” to its demands.

“We will mobilize for full strike actions, if within 72 hours we do not get what we consider as a positive response, to mature and professional decisions focused on an outcome in resolving this matter,” GPSU President Patrick Yarde told a press conference today. Despite repeated requests he refused to state what “a positive response” would entail.        Continue reading

MEDICAL: Making GPHC a better, safer and more welcoming hospital – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam- commentary on the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)

Permit me in the capacity of a health professional to pen a few lines on an issue that desperately needs to be caught up or at minimum swept up in the present government’s tsunami of change. A recent newspaper article brought to the fore the undercurrents of a likely financial scandal involving changes/ renovations that were due to be carried out over 32 months at Cheddi Jagan International Airport located at Timehrihttps://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2018/11/20/us150m-and-countingis-guyana-getting-a-new-or-renovated-airport/.

It is a well –known and well-shown fact, that anything of a fiscal nature involving the Guyana Government has always been shrouded in mystery and deception and this case was no exception, even down to the surreptitious recipient of the tender- China Harbour Engineering Company. To coin a well-known Guyanese adage, “Whah gone wrong ah morning, can’t come good at night”. For what was originally decided on during the previous administration regarding the contractual terms have not materialized.       Continue reading

GPHC’s nurses begin protesting 5% pay increase

GPHC’s nurses begin protesting 5% pay increase

NOVEMBER 23, 2013 | BY KNEWS |

 Uncle Ramotar, try living on US$200 for a month’- nurses 

Nurses at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) were yesterday forced into a protest mode in the wake of the recent five percent increase of their salary for this year.
Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon, on Wednesday, announced that public servants will get a five percent pay-hike for this year but workers across the country are not pleased with the increase.

Nurses protest

Nurses protest against 5% pay increase

Yesterday, a few nurses stood in front of the GPHC Accident and Emergency Unit carrying placards in their hands, promising to continue with their protest until the government decides to meet with their union, the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU).   

Nurses’ representative on the GPSU, Kempton Alexander, told Kaieteur News that the nurses will be using their lunch break to protest their disapproval of Government’s decision to give public servants an increase of only five percent.     Continue reading

More shocking drug purchases revealed…exorbitant prices to government

More shocking drug purchases revealed… New GPC sells $2,000 ‘pressure tablets’ for $18,000


…under-fire, calls for value for money audit

Government’s largest supplier of pharmaceutical supplies has backed down and is now calling on the Auditor General to carry out a value for money audit.
Over the past days, the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (New GPC), has come under fire for selling several products at exorbitant prices to government.

When Kaieteur News published the report on the sale of Ketoconazole cream bought by the institution for $1,909 per tube, it reported that the same tube was being retailed in the stores for $80. The Ministry of Health and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) both came out in defence of the purchases saying that the price they paid was ‘OK’.  [more]

Guyana: GPHC Drugs purchase scandal continues…

Drugs purchase scandal continues…Govt. pays $8,000 for $600 injection

JUNE 19, 2012 | BY    – also buys $1,600 aspirin for $2,700

One day after government came out in defence of reports that it purchased an $80 anti-fungal cream for $1,909 per tube, there are now more shocking details of how one contraceptive was bought at an exorbitant $8,000 for one vial.
The injection, Depo Provera, is retailed and available on prescription in the local hospitals for as low as $1,100.  One major importer has told this newspaper that he has been supplying the said item to the government for $600 per vial.

Yet, the drug was sold at a whopping $8,000 for one vial by the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (New GPC) to government for distribution to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). This is 13 times higher than what it was being purchased for.    [more]

Guyana: Auditor General criticises Tender Board

AG criticises Tender Board for $1.3 B allocation to New GPC

February 12, 2012 | By KNews |

…cites gross irregularities

Accusing fingers are being pointed to the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board for approving the payment of an exorbitant sum to the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation Limited.
According to the 2010 Auditor General Report the astronomical sum of $1.252 billion was paid to the company on the basis of sole sourcing and not by competitive bidding as required under the Procurement Act (2003).
The transactions with the firm, the Report outlines, were for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies.

This practice was also extended to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). The public hospital, the Report stated, also procured drugs and medical supplies at a cost of $879.914M based on awards of contracts by the Tender Board without a system of competitive bidding as required under the said Procurement Act.  [Read more]

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