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Health minister condemns murder of medical doctor

Saturday, September 01, 2012    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Health minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has expressed his regret at the murder of Dr Barrington Dixon, a medical practitioner who served for over 30 years at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, including over 20 years as the Senior Medical Officer at the hospital.

Dr Dixon was killed by gunmen this morning at his home in Unity Hall, St. James.

“My heartfelt condolences are extended to his family who are no doubt devastated by the loss of a loving father, the medical fraternity in St James and indeed the entire country. Dr Dixon was a stalwart of the medical profession who served with unstinting distinction in his field, I mourn his loss, Jamaica is poorer for his passing," said Ferguson..

“My sadness is more profound as Dr Dixon’s family has served the wider field of medicine and other endeavours with distinction."

Two of his sisters, Jennifer, a medical practitioner and Joan a hospital administrator, work at the Cornwall Regional Hospital and his father was a distinguished pharmacist who gave to the community.

“I urge the security forces to leave no stone unturned in bringing to justice the criminals who committed this dastardly act,” Ferguson said.

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