Health Minister Orders Review of Hospital Security Arrangements

Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has ordered an immediate review of security arrangements at the island’s health facilities, after reports of medical staff being attacked by criminals.

In a statement yesterday, Dr. Tufton says these “rogues” seek to impose their will on the medical staff.

He says the review is intended to examine internal security arrangements, the role of the police and counselling for affected staff members.

The government says it currently spends almost $730-million on security arrangements across the island with the South East Regional Authority SERHA receiving the lions share of almost $400-million.

Dr. Tufton says as part of the review, he’s requested a meeting with the Police High Command to discuss what further measures the police could implement at hospitals – particularly those in the most volatile areas.

The hospitals that are considered most impacted are Kingston Public, Cornwall Regional, Savanna-La-Mar, Spanish Town and St. Ann’s Bay.

Dr. Tufton is also urging health care workers who may be traumatised to make use of the various counseling services available to staff.

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