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Ferguson orders comprehensive resource audit of major health facilities

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2015 | 5:03 PM
Ferguson ... the audit will give the government a better understanding of the situation

The Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, has asked for a comprehensive audit of supplies in major hospitals and health centres.

Dr. Ferguson says the exercise will give the government a better understanding of the situation.

 

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson

The move follows a call from the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA), which said the absence of a comprehensive audit makes it impossible for the government to know the needs of the health sector.

Last week Friday, the JMDA revealed some of the glaring deficiencies in the public health system.

According to the association, doctors have had to wear garbage bags in operating theatres to protect themselves because of an absence of supplies.

These allegations have been countered with accusations that doctors have been stealing supplies for private use.

While admitting that some doctors may be engaging in the illicit activity, the JMDA president, said the extent of the problem is not known.