The President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association, JMDA, Alfred Dawes, is rejecting suggestions by the Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, that he exaggerated how bad things really are in the public health service.

Dr Dawes says the health service is in shambles with unsanitary and dilapidated facilities and that patient care is at risk because of a chronic lack of basic supplies.

The Health Minister has ordered an audit which, he says, will test the accuracy of Dr Dawes’ claim.

The JMDA President has welcomed the audit but says it must be carried out by independent parties.

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