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More money to be allocated for health system in upcoming budget

Published:Monday | February 2, 2015 | 9:16 AM
Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson

Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson is promising that there will be more money allocated to Jamaica's financially stressed public health system in the the upcoming 2015/2016 Budget.

He made the disclosure in an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre in reaction to the bed shortage crisis at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon.

Dr. Ferguson says the extra money will, among other things, help to maintain quality of care at health institutions.

The issue of bed shortages at the main hospital in Clarendon is the most recent on a list of issues affecting the public health system over the last 12 months.

Healthcare workers have staged numerous protests over the slow payment of salary deductions, resource shortages and defective key equipment.

Last year, then Opposition Spokesman on Health, Dr Ken Baugh declared that Jamaica’s health sector is collapsing.