Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, is defending the capacity of the health sector to conduct credible investigations into allegations of poor treatment at the hands of health workers.

The Minister was reacting to allegations from Shanique Armstrong that she delivered her baby at the Spanish Town Hospital without assistance from nursing staff at the facility.

Dr. Tufton says the current internal processes work.

There have been calls for outside oversight of internal systems in an effort to encourage greater accountability from public health workers.

The Minister says not every incident requires the input of outside bodies.

Dr. Tufton concedes that more can be done to ensure that citizens have confidence in the level of care available to them at the nation’s health facilities.

He says steps are being taken to improve service delivery in the sector.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health Minister.

He was speaking last evening during Nationwide at 5.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton says he would have no personal difficulty making the report into the incident at the Spanish Town Hospital public.

SEHRA had requested the report on Monday after Shanique Armstrong accused the nursing staff of ignoring her cries for help as she went into pre-term labour in the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit.

That report was delivered to the Board yesterday.

Dr. Tufton says he will be guided by legal advice regarding the public release of the document.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health.