Three KPH Workers Suspended in Connection with Improper Disposal of Neonate Bodies

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The South East Regional Health Authority, SERHA says it has suspended immediately three additional employees at the Kingston Public Hospital.

This as investigations deepen into the improper disposal of the bodies of neonates who were being stored at the hospital’s morgue.

Last month, SERHA disclosed that an investigation was underway into the discovery of two neonates on a street in the vicinity of the hospital.

The health authority also revealed that it had sent a manager at the Morgue on leave.

In a statement issued a short while ago, SEHRA said it has escalated the investigation.

According to SERHA, the scope of the investigations includes identifying control breaches, practices and issues surrounding accountability at the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals morgue.

SEHRA says the process of transferring medical waste from the hospitals to the medical waste management facility, and the transfer of human remains to the external morgue services provider are also being reviewed.

According to SERHA, the investigation so far has revealed that the standard operating procedure with respect to the storage and removal of human remains from the morgue was not followed.

SEHRA say this breach has resulted in some human remains being unaccounted for based on morgue records.

SERHA says it’s also concerned about reports that human remains that had been reported missing have since been found or accounted for, and it’s investigating these reports with urgency.

According to SEHRA, while the investigations continue, several actions have been taken.

The authority says the operations officer at the KPH, the mortuary supervisor, and mortuary attendant have been interdicted effective immediately.

SERHA says there has also been an enhancement of security systems to include the installation of a buzzer system and surveillance cameras.

In the statement today, Chairman of SERHA, Phillip Armstrong said he wishes to expressed his deepest regret about the situation and the impact it has had on family members of the deceased, and on the community.

Mr. Armstrong has committed to spare no effort to identify the source of the problems and to take measures to ensure the problem does not reoccur

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