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Fenton visits Annotto Bay Hospital workers after robberies

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 9:43 PM
Dr Fenton Ferguson

Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson was forced to visited staff at the Annotto Bay Hospital in St Mary this morning to help ease tensions there following an armed robbery at the institution Wednesday night.

At around 9 Wednesday evening, a nurse, who was leaving the hospital, was approached from behind by a masked gunman who attempted to rob her.

The nurse was relieved of a Samsung mobile phone and was understandably shaken by the incident, but received no injuries.

Around the same time, a masked man walked into the hospital’s medical records department and requested $200 from a member of the hospital’s staff.

It is unclear whether the two incidents are related.

The incidents prompted staff at the hospital to threaten protest action and an emergency meeting had to be called yesterday to discuss security at the institution.

Nurses at the hospital are concerned the hospital compound is dimly lit at night and does not have a proper security gate at the entrance to the building.

Addressing members of staff at the hospital this morning, Dr Fergusaon assured that security at the hospital is a top priority for the government.

He also announced plans to install metal perimeter fencing around the compound.