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Tufton chides Campbell for 'reckless statements'

Published:Monday | April 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has rejected the allegation by Opposition Spokesman on Heath Dr Dayton Campbell that the authorities kept staff at the Cornwall Regional Hospital working in areas infested with mould without taking any action.

"You have this report and you keep the patients and staff exposed for one year? Unacceptable," Campbell said on Twitter.

But Tufton fired back.

"It is totally and absolutely false. When the report came to us, we immediately hired a mould company, which started on demoulding the area. At no point at all did we keep people in the environment. Those areas were cordoned off," Tufton told The Gleaner in response to Campbell, even as he chided his opposition counterpart for being "reckless".

 

REAPPEARING MOULD

 

According to Tufton, because of the dampness in the wall, the mould kept on reappearing.

He said it was, however, mostly concentrated in the operating theatre area of the hospital.

Campbell also alleged that he had been told that workers at the hospital were never told about the findings of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) report pointing out that cancer-causing agents had been found in the hospital.

However, Tufton said, "That is not true".

He said that there has been constant dialogue with the on-the-ground staff on the various issues affecting the facility.

romario.scott@gleanerjm.com