In what has to be the quickest decision in our healthcare history, a doctor has been fired for misconduct. It took a mere four days for St Jude’s Hospital to dismiss a physician who was engaged in an altercation with a patient last weekend. On Monday, chief executive officer of the hospital, Dr. Cherry Poyotte, promised ‘definitive appropriate action’ and that’s what he did.
“The physician who was involved in the incident is no longer employed by St Jude’s Hospital. This has been a bit traumatic to many of our employees. We have received assistance from the Ministry of Health. We’ve had some counselling sessions for some of the employees involved.
The hospital is hoping to send a clear message that they are operating under a zero tolerance policy.
”There are certain kinds of behaviour that we will not accept and are not acceptable to the hospital and we’ll take whatever actions necessary to continue to make sure that we continue to deliver excellent service to our public and to the patients that we serve.”
One person who is not impressed by the swift justice is Jeannique Edward, the daughter of Samantha Atkins, who died hours after an unexpected surgery to deliver twin boys back in early February. The Atkins clan believes medical malpractice was involved. Edward is appalled that her mother’s case continues to hang in the balance almost two months later, with no information being disseminated to the family. Edward did not mince words.
“I find that ridiculous! If you could fire a doctor for just getting into a fight with a patient so fast, you cannot fire one that killed somebody? It’s not making sense.”
The hospital has said that they have not had much communication with the family and that they had not been officially approached by them either. According to Edward, it’s not for lack of trying.
“We’ve been going to the hospital up and down from the time the children were in the hospital. They’re not saying anything. It’s frustrating to see you need answers and you’re not getting what you need. It’s very hard.”
The past two months have been difficult for the nineteen-year-old, who together with her grandmother Agatha, is raising the infants.
“I’m looking at the children. They’re there with me and I’m taking care of them. I look at them and I want to cry because all I see is my mother.”
Perhaps the family should pay a visit to the good Dr. Poyotte. He appears to be keeping his promises.