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Doctors committed o reform of health care system

Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) hosted a meeting on Monday, May 4, with the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA). The meeting was facilitated to encourage direct engagement and discussion on the urgent and critical issues facing the health-care system in Jamaica at this time.

We are satisfied that all doctors are anxious to see widespread reform and improvements to Jamaica's health-care delivery services. Discussions included the strengthening of the framework ('task force') to critically review ways to improve the efficiency of health care delivery, especially in our hospitals. Both the MOH and the JMDA reiterated their commitments to improving the health-care system. Patient care and well-being remain a central consideration in all our discussions on reform of the sector.

The association would like to allow both the leadership of the MOH and the JMDA time to further consider proposals made during that meeting. It is hoped that formal discussions on health reform will resume, with the now-improved understanding between all parties. The MAJ remains committed to the development of Jamaica's health-care system through collective dialogue, analysis and action.

Dr Shane Alexis

President