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Don’t raise panic about Cornwall Regional Hospital, Tufton warns

Published:Saturday | March 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton examines a damaged foundation column in the basement of the Cornwall Regional Hospital during a tour of the Montego Bay-based Type A facility on yesterday. The column was damaged during a recent earthquake in St James.

WESTERN BUREAU:

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has cautioned against spreading undue panic about the state of affairs at the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay as this could cause persons in need of urgent medical care to stay away to their detriment.

Tufton sounded the warning following a tour of the 400-bed, Type A hospital, yesterday. His visit was to assess the restorative work being done at the facility following a fresh outbreak of noxious fumes last month.

"There is a tendency to give an impression that persons who need help should not go to Cornwall Regional Hospital because it is not providing any help. But the building that is affected and is being repaired does not represent the services we provide. CRH still provides critical services to its patients," Tufton stated.

He said that despite the limitations and the need to renovate and restore the building, citizens should not feel that they cannot visit the facility to access critical services even if it means some inconvenience in getting those services.

"No one should spread panic because doing so could cost people their lives," Tufton advised.