Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is this afternoon maintaining his silence following an accusation by Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Audley Shaw, that he lied to the country about when he first became aware of the deadly infection outbreak at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James.

Mr. Shaw made the accusation last night at a JLP mass meeting in May Pen, Clarendon.

The audit was conducted in June and July and the final report submitted to Dr. Ferguson in late August.

The report says “on the day the audit team arrived there was an infectious outbreak in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cornwall Regional Hospital.”

Dr. Ferguson told Parliament last week that he first became aware of an infection outbreak in October.

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Addressing a JLP mass meeting in Clarendon last night, the North East Manchester MP, Audley Shaw, accused Dr. Ferguson of deceiving the country.

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10 calls and two e-mails sent today to Dr. Ferguson this afternoon were not answered.

The last e-mail was dispatched at 2:15pm.

We asked Dr. Ferguson to respond to Mr. Shaw’s comment.

We also asked the Minister to explain his assertion that he became aware of the infection outbreak at Cornwall Regional in only October, despite the information being noted in the audit, which was submitted to him in late August.

Mr. Shaw says Dr. Ferguson and senior technocrats in his Ministry have more questions to answer.

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Shaw delivered this warning to Dr. Ferguson and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

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