Consolidating units in hospitals

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With approximately 1,800 employees, the Bermuda Government-owned Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermudas second largest employer, after the Bermuda Government itself (about 5,900 employees of all ranks). Newcomers, including those from the United Kingdom, should note there is no equivalent in Bermuda to a treasured national UK institution, the National Health Service (NHS) that started in 1948.There, State-funded NHS provides free hospitals and health treatment to all Britons including free prescriptions and free dentistry and eyesight matters for low-paid Britons, and is embraced by all political parties.

Venetta Symonds, CEO at BHB, said the organisation was pleased to be able to offer the free screenings.

In Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe, etc. An independent organization founded as the formal charitable arm for accepting donations and fundraising on behalf of the Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB).

the great majority of hospitals are financed by taxpayers with hospital and medical services included in the taxes paid. A separate entity from the BHB and Ministry of Health, governed by its own Board of Trustees who determine policy and are responsible for its own sound fiscal management. Discussions on the difficult issue of end-of-life care are needed now more than ever, the health minister said this morning.

It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. For more information, please log on to is an Associate of the American Hospital Association.

At the heart of both organizations is high quality care to all patients. It has been accredited since 1972 by Accreditation Canada, formerly the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, but does not appear on the latter's website.

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