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Young Jamaica wants decisive action from PM on babies deaths

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2015 | 6:16 PM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. In a statement released today, Young Jamaica noted that Simpson Miller has rightly demanded better protection for the nation’s children and says the deaths at the two hospitals provides an opportunity for her to match her rhetoric with clear and decisive action.


The youth arm of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says it is concerned that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has not publicly demanded accountability for the deaths of 18 babies at two public hospitals in recent months.

The Health Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that the 18 babies died in separate outbreaks of the Serratia and Klebsiella bacterias at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew and the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

According to the ministry, they were among 42 babies who contracted the infections.

In a statement released today, Young Jamaica noted that Simpson Miller has rightly demanded better protection for the nation’s children and says the deaths at the two hospitals provides an opportunity for her to match her rhetoric with clear and decisive action.

The group says the families of the 18 babies deserve more than what it describes as cover-ups, cold statistics and medical speak.

President of Young Jamaica Howard Chamberlain says the absence of any real contrition from the government is disappointing and morally unacceptable.