SERHA Admits to Complete Breakdown in System of Handling Babies’ Bodies

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) says it’s clear the entire system of dealing with the bodies of babies at both the Kingston Public Hospital and the neighbouring Victoria Jubilee Hospital, has been in a state of disrepair for years.

In May, SERHA launched a probe into the improper disposal of the bodies of two babies, that were found outside the compound of the Kingston Public Hospital.

Chairman of SERHA, Phillip Armstrong, says a report on the probe is 95-percent ready and should be submitted to Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, by next week.

He says the report will address, among other things, the retrieval, storage, transportation and disposal of bodies from both hospitals.

Mr. Armstrong says the report will also make recommendations on policies and procedures relating to those matters.

The SERHA Chairman says the aim is to ensure that those procedures function properly.

Phillip Armstrong says the three employees who were indicted as a result of the probe, are to face a hearing later this month.

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