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Ex UHWI ceo and medical chief of staff to appear before Public Defender today

Published:Friday | November 6, 2015 | 11:19 AM
Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry summoned the two officials along with chairman of the hospital's board, Sterling Soares, to account for the situation.

Former chief executive officer at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Dr Cecil White and ex-medical chief of staff, Professor Trevor McCartney, are expected to face the Public Defender today regarding the dead babies scandal. 

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry summoned the two officials along with chairman of the hospital's board, Sterling Soares, to account for the situation. 

Soares is expected to be questioned next week Thursday. 

The Public Defender is probing the circumstances under which 19 premature babies died as a result of outbreaks of the klebsiella and serratia bacteria at the UHWI and Cornwall Regional Hospital.

The Health Ministry says 12 of the babies died at the UHWI during two outbreaks, one of which is still ongoing. 

The hospital has admitted that there was a break down in its reporting protocol with the ministry that affected the timeliness of responses. 

However, Professor McCartney this week said the hospital was just accepting blame to ease the pressure off the ministry. 

He maintains that the hospital did all it could to address the outbreaks including alerting the ministry which took two weeks to respond.