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Tufton receives report on construction work at Savanna-la-Mar hospital

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says he has received the report from a probe he ordered into the circumstances under which renovation work was done on the paediatric ward at the Savanna-la-mar Public General Hospital while it was occupied.

Dr Tufton, who took a preliminary look at the report, indicated that there are breaches and said after taking an in depth look at the report, a determination would be made as to what action should be taken.

"There has to be some sort of accountability. So, the issue of who is responsible is to be determined by the report and frankly speaking if action is to be taken by individuals or an individual, I think it is important that, that be recognised. Because, we need greater accountability and transparency in the system. I am all for that," stated the health minister.

Dr Tufton continued, "we also have to accept where an error has been done and a breach has been done. We have to learn from it and try to avoid it happening. And, part of that avoidance is to hold people accountable."

The minister added, "I have no difficulty in making that decision, but it has to be led by a process and that is the process that has taken its course now."

Dr Tufton said the plan was for the children to be relocated while renovation took place. However, this was not done, resulting in the breach.

The minister said efforts are also being made to develop a protocol that is to be adopted across the island, so as to prevent a repetition.

Construction work has been completed at the facility and operations are back to normal.

Anthony Lewis

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