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JMDA anxious about health care system survey findings

Published:Monday | August 31, 2015 | 8:36 PM
The JMDA president, Dr Alfred Dawes says although there have been some improvements, the audit will provide a better understanding of the situation and what needs to be done.

The Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association (JMDA) is anxious about the findings of an audit of the health care system to be released later this week.

Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, is expected to present the results at a press conference on Wednesday.

In May, Ferguson ordered the audit following complaints by the JMDA about inadequate supplies at health facilities.

The JMDA president, Dr Alfred Dawes says although there have been some improvements, the audit will provide a better understanding of the situation and what needs to be done. 

 

JMDA president, Dr Alfred Dawes

The JMDA has maintained that the lack of supplies and proper equipment are hampering the delivery of healthcare in the public sector.

According to the association, doctors have had to be wearing garbage bags instead of surgical aprons in operating theatres.

The JMDA also complained about malfunctioning theatre lights and inadequate medical tubes to drain blood.