Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, says the government will take people to court to force them to care for loved ones who’ve been abandoned in hospitals, despite being fit for release.

This comes as the government is moving to ease the burden caused by these social cases on the health system.

A 30-bed addition to the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine was recently constructed.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says more than 10 thousand people are affected by the more than 2-hundred people who’ve been officially released from hospitals but are still housed there.

He says the government is prepared to take people to court to compel them to care for their family members who’re left in state care.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister.

He was speaking at the opening of the new wing at the Spanish Town Hospital, today.

Mayor of Spanish Town, Norman Scott, says the new wing was constructed with donations from the private sector and contributions from the Health and Wellness and Local Government Ministries.