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PNP says Cornwall Regional needs urgent attention

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) is calling for a state of medical emergency to be declared on the Cornwall Regional Hospital which it said “is in chronic disrepair and suffocating under resurgent air quality issues”.

According to the Opposition, the sole Type A medical facility outside of Kingston is unable to provide basic and critical services to patients and is posing a severe threat to the very health of the staff on duty.

Opposition Spokesperson on Health, Dr Dayton Campbell, toured the facility today, accompanied by his colleagues Dr Wykeham McNeil, Dr Morais Guy and newly designated St Elizabeth south east candidate, Dr Dwaine Spencer.

At the end of the tour, the PNP team of doctors appealed to Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton to do “what is right for the people of western Jamaica who depend on Cornwall Regional”.

“The air quality issue has resurged and worsened despite the health minister's promise last year that it would have been resolved in six months,” said McNeil.

The PNP said at that time, the minister said there are severe problems in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit and this is affecting the hospital's ability to provide surgical services in several key areas including obstetrics and gynaecology.

With this, Campbell urged that the minister takes charge and present a clear work plan with accompanying budget and guarantee that the facility is fixed and up and running in the shortest possible time.
He also pointed out that the health ministry has reported that some $800 million was spent in repairing the sole Type A facility outside of Kingston, but there is very little evidence as to where this money was spent.

“We need to know where this money was spent as things seem to have gotten worse since last year,” the spokesperson said.

The team had high praises for the staff at the facility who put their lives at risk daily to ensure that some basic services are provided for their patients.

“No government should be comfortable asking anyone to work under those conditions. The very staff is at risk and the patients are at risk, we cannot continue like this. The staff should never be placed in such a position where they have to put their lives at risk and make such a call,” McNeil said.

“We know that the minister is on the move, he needs to urgently take his movement down to Cornwall Regional,” he said.

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