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Cornwall Regional a tale of neglect

Published:Saturday | March 4, 2017 | 3:00 AMTHE EDITOR, Sir:

It is with great sadness that I have been reading about the problems at Cornwall Regional Hospital. Things are now so bad that this complex, once touted as the best in the Caribbean, is now only operating at only 10 per cent of its capability.

I recall, as a young technician, doing work on the commissioning of part of the electrical protection system way back in 1974 and had the opportunity to tour parts of the new complex. It was indeed a fine building and had all the facilities for one-stop treatment.

Apparently, lack of maintenance over th\ years precipitated this disaster, as Trump would say. I am sure if the records - if any exist - were examined, one would be shocked and appalled at the neglect and dereliction of duty meted out over the years. Yet, I have not heard of anyone held accountable for this national disgrace. The various governments and ministers of health over the years are clearly accountable, right down to the current maintenance manager.

In the interest of public accountability and the continued and future preservation of public facilities, it is fitting that

a commission of enquiry be ordered to determine the causes and forbearance of personnel and agencies leading to the decline and disaster at Cornwall Regional Hospital.

NORMAN LEE

Ontario, Canada