Minister De Weever wants waiting time at SMMC ER to be shorter


~To meet with Scot Friday~

PHILIPSBURG--Health Minister Cornelius de Weever would like the waiting time at the Emergency Room at St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) to be shorter.

De Weever told reporters at Wednesday's Council of Ministers press briefing that he had visited SMMC's ER around 1:30pm one day. He presented his card and was told to wait. The minister said when he enquired how long he would have to wait – whether it would be two or three hours - the other patients in the waiting room told him they had been waiting since 9:30am and 10:30am.

The minister said this is an issue that he thinks needs attention. "I think that this needs to be addressed. We need to separate emergency care from urgent care and those who are paid to provide that service need to do so," de Weever said.

He will be meeting with SMMC General Director Dr. George Scot on Friday and this is one of the issues that he will raise.