A plan is to be finalized today to relocate staff and patients of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James, which has been affected by a recurring ventilation problem.

Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says he met yesterday with stakeholders of the hospital for an update.

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The ventilation problem at the hospital has forced it to relocate several departments.

The latest being the Accident and Emergency department, which is being moved to the Mount Salem Health Centre.

Dr. Tufton says the general relocation of departments is still being worked out.

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And, he says he’s learned that the problem with the ventilation system at the hospital is over a decade old.

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Dr. Tufton says he’ll tour the hospital today and hold a media conference in the afternoon to provide further information.

And, the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association says some doctors and members of the public have been made ill by what it describes as the ‘ongoing fumes’ at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

It says attempts to rectify the issue have been slow to be instituted and with minimal effect.

The association is calling on the Western Regional Health Authority and the Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton to rectify the ventilation issue at the hospital.

It’s advising staff members not to work in an area hazardous to their health.