While there is no doubt that the government is making every effort to alleviate people’s problems and ensure comfortable living conditions, there are still several issues that need to be tackled.
For example, one recent news item focused on inadequate facilities at the country’s major government hospital, Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC), which reportedly had only 20 spare beds at any one time to receive critical care patients.
One Shura Council member told the GDN this month that improper management of facilities at SMC was a contributing factor to an alleged bed shortage.
Ensuring health provision is a priority for the government, but this issue has generated furious debate for several years.
The Health Ministry seems to be aware of problems being faced, but must contend with budget constraints.
It is also a fact that Bahrain’s population is always increasing. Everyone requires access to proper and affordable healthcare and it is the government’s responsibility to provide that.
People’s lives are not cheap, yet we would all agree that existing health services are not at the level they should be.
We deserve better care and attention.
Personally, I have never heard anyone praising the service they are provided at SMC.
But I wonder why we have been unable to raise the performance of our premier public hospital over the years.
Blaming a budget shortfall is not good enough and does not carry any weight.
There are ways to resolve this issue and I am confident our government would never hesitate to allocate a special budget to do so.
However, it is the duty of the Health Ministry to come up with solutions that address issues.
There are purely administrative matters that must be confronted in all institutions and agencies – both in the government and private sectors.
What is needed is a team to study the situation and come up with solutions, so a budget can be properly allocated.
I am sure all problems can be resolved.
Government bodies must keep pace with modern administrative methods to ensure they carry out tasks and responsibilities.
Most importantly, everyone should work honestly, transparently and with sincerity.
Each ministry has priorities and must plan how to spend the budget they are allocated.
Certain things may need to be postponed or put on hold, while other more pressing issues are addressed.
However, health, education and infrastructure must be given utmost attention.