Cornwall Regional Hospital oversight committee to make first progress report in two weeks

Observer West writer

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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ROSE HALL, St James — The Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) oversight committee, commissioned by the Ministry of Health in May, is expected to give its first progress update to the nation on the rehabilitation work currently being undertaken at the ailing institution, in two weeks.

The five-member committee is headed by academic and trained surgeon, Professor Archibald McDonald of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton told reporters in Montego Bay last week that the committee will address the public and key stakeholders on the progress being made, among other things.

“You are going to get an update shortly. The oversight committee was appointed, chaired by the principal of The University of the West Indies, Professor Archibald McDonald. That oversight committee has been meeting and touring with the project managers, the key team members, and in another week to two weeks they will address the critical stakeholders, including the public, on their own impressions as to the work that is going on,” Dr Tufton explained.

The committee was named after the health minister came under criticism mainly from the Opposition People's National Party for his handling of the crisis at the hospital.

“I put that (committee) in place deliberately, because I didn't want the discussion around whether things were going wrong or right, and because of the politics that detracted us from what needed to be done and for the overall interest of the greater good,” he argued.

The other members of the independent oversight body are Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa, renowned chemist at UWI; Errol Alberga, architect and senior partner at Alberga Graham Jamaica; Earl Richards, civil engineer, past president of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers and retired president of the Airports Authority of Jamaica; and Claudette Bryan, president of the St James Lay Magistrates' Association.

Work started on CRH over a year ago to address what staff members referred to as noxious fumes emanating from a section of the building.

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