Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, dodged questions regarding concerns over an alleged conflict of interest in relation to contracts awarded by various arms of the Health Ministry to the firm, Market Me.

Dr. Tufton was asked by Nationwide News if the firm or its principals had done any work for him in his private capacity or as Member of Parliament.

Speaking at a COVID-19 media conference last evening, the Health Minister sidestepped the issue, citing the occasion.

The firm Market Me has received contracts with a total value of more than 80-million dollars through the Health Ministry and organizations falling under its portfolio.

None of the contracts went to public tender.

This includes a contract for the Jamaica Moves initiative, for which Market Me provided an unsolicited proposal.

It’s also been found that one of the Principals of Market Me, was a former board member of the National Health Fund, which partially funded the Jamaica Moves programme.

The Market Me controversy was again raised by RJR’s Dionne Jackson Miller.

She asked Dr Tufton if he has ordered his staff to locate documents said to be missing as it relates to Jamaica moves.

The Health Minister once again skirted the issue.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health.