When do we demand better? The SMMC

Dear Editor and Fellow St. Maarteners,

  As a St. Maartener who has spent most of my life here, I have heard and recently experienced the horrors of our “hospital” formally known as the SMMC time and time again. The question I would like post to the people of St. Maarten, when do we demand better? From relatives/friends who have died due to incorrect medication, lack of care or straight up negligence to “simple” procedures gone horribly wrong and nurses/doctors who act as if they are doing you a favor rather than their job.

  In my most recent experience a doctor discharged my partner with life-threatening internal bleeding and had we not gone to the French side for a second opinion, the worst could have happened.

  I was excited to see that construction for the new SMMC is underway but I would like to post the following question to you and my fellow St. Maarteners: What is a new building with the same unprofessional and sub-standard care?

  I ask again, when do we demand better and start holding those responsible accountable for their actions?

Tired and disappointed

Name withheld at author's request.