PNP probing Bustamante Hospital stand-off involving Councillor Kari Douglas

PNP probing Bustamante Hospital stand-off involving Councillor Kari Douglas

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica –The People's National Party (PNP) says that reports of a two-hour shutdown of the Bustamante Hospital for Children on account of a stand-off between PNP Councillor Kari Douglas and a member of the medical team are of great concern.

The party in a statement this morning said, that “while it understands the distress of Ms Douglas facing the illness of her child in an environment of the dengue crisis, it cannot condone the any reported verbal abuse or alleged attack on hospital staff.

“The PNP is conducting its own inquiry into the incident with a view to determining an appropriate course of action,” Chairman Fitz Jackson said in the statement.

Jackson said all parents have a duty to ensure the best available care for their children, but no one has the right to abuse any one.

He added that medical personnel across the island “are under undue stress and have to work for long hours in less than ideal conditions and must be treated with respect at all times”.

According to Jackson, the dengue crisis, shortage of bed space, the unavailability of medicine and medical supplies, the shortage of nurses, doctors and other medical and ancillary staff are real factors that add to the tensions in the sector. He said these must be addressed urgently as part of making public hospitals efficient and user friendly.

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