Opposition Spokesman on Health and Wellness calls for an explanation of sudden top board resignations at UHWI
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition Spokesman on Health and Wellness, Dr Morais Guy, wants the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, to immediately explain the sudden resignations of the Chairman of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Board, Wayne Chai Chong and his deputy, Dr Andre Foote.
The two men resigned with immediate effect.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, Dr Guy said the Opposition was extremely disturbed about possible instability at the UHWI as the institution is critical to the national public health care system. He questioned whether the resignations could be related to the protracted recruitment of a new Chief Executive Officer for the hospital.
Dr Guy said there was disquiet at the hospital and the Minister’s intervention was necessary to resolve the issues and prevent any escalation which could lead to a disruption of normal hospital services.
“UHWI is the premier medical training institution in the Caribbean and serves a significant portion of the Jamaica population. Therefore, any issue which threatens its normal performance is disturbing to the Opposition as it impacts health care delivery to the Jamaica people,” he said.
The opposition spokesman said it was against this background that he was seeking the urgent attention of Tufton “in this very concerning development, recalling that the Christmas season is here, where activities are increased at hospitals”.