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Ministry still reviewing decision to bar release of health facilities audit

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 9:20 AM

The Health Ministry says no decision has been taken on whether to release the full audit report on Jamaica's health facilities to selected stakeholders.

Permanent Secretary Dr Kevin Harvey told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last night that a review of the September two decision is ongoing.

On September three, Speaking on Cliff Hughes Online, Dr Harvey said the ministry would meet with stakeholders in the health sector to reconsider non-disclosure decision.

The Opposition has been leading calls for the release of the audit.

Last week, the Medical Association of Jamaica, suggested the audit should be realised to selected stakeholders as this could increase transparency.

The ministry has only presented a document listing eight key findings of the audit, saying the publication of the full report could lead to negative views of implicated health workers and institutions.

Some of the findings include inadequate systems and infrastructure for the prevention and control of infections, insufficient hygiene practice and inadequate supplies of items such as gowns and aprons.