Shortage of Nurses Forces Cancellation of Major Surgeries at UHWI

All major surgeries at the University Hospital of the West Indies, UHWI, in St. Andrew, have been cancelled.

A shortage of nurses and beds in the hospital’s intensive care unit are among the factors that have caused the cancellations.

James Moss Solomon is the Chairman of the hospital’s Board.

This comes less than two weeks after Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, launched the extended surgery hours at the hospital.

Mr. Moss Solomon says 50-percent of the country’s specialist nurses are being recruited by overseas organizations before they graduate.

And, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Kevin Allen, says the persons awaiting surgeries include patients referred by other local and regional hospitals.

He says the surgeries classified as ‘major’ include cardiac and neurological procedures.

Both men were speaking today at a monthly Lions Club meeting at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.