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Clean bill of health for Tufton

Published:Thursday | February 9, 2017 | 2:00 AM


Christopher Tufton, minister of health, should be commended for the work he has been doing in improving the ailing health sector.

The health portfolio (like national security) has its challenges. However, Dr Tufton's approach has been visionary, thinking ahead instead of sitting around waiting for problems to get worse.

There have been several pieces of encouraging news recently. The University of the West Indies and its hospital will partner to improve the infrastructure, information systems and patient and customer service at the hospital.


It has also been reported that Jamaica and the United Kingdom are currently discussing plans to establish a faculty exchange and rotation programme between both countries to allow registered nurses to receive training and clinical experience in specialist care. This will not only impact education and experience, but rotation may help to slow the rate of migration of nurses.

At the World Health Organisation (WHO) meeting in Switzerland recently, Dr Tufton made the case to address the problems faced by countries such as ours, arising from aggressive overseas recruitment. He received tremendous support and WHO will now collaborate to address these problems.