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Audley's Apology ... Shaw says sorry for health audit misinformation

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 10:49 PMGary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
Opposition spokesman Audley Shaw speaking in Clarendon last week Sunday night. Behind him is party leader Andrew Holness and his wife, Juliet

Audley Shaw, the fiery Jamaica Labour Party Spokesman on Finance has acknowledged that he erred last week when he told supporters that a Health Ministry audit team had reported from as far back as August that there was an infectious outbreak in the neonatal unit of the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Speaking in May Pen last Sunday, Shaw said excerpts of the then yet-to-be-released audit suggested that there was an outbreak in July when the team arrived at the western Jamaica hospital.

READ: Shaw says ministry knew of infectious outbreak

"On the day the audit team arrived at Cornwall Regional Hospital there was an infection outbreak in the neonatal unit," said Shaw last week, indicating that he was reading from the leaked audit report which was presented the Health Minister in August.

But the audit, released on Friday, does not support Shaw’s claim.

READ: Health Audit rejects Shaw's claim

The report states that the audit team started working at the hospital on May 28, which would have been more than a month before the first reported case of infection in July.

READ: Health audit report

On Sunday evening, Shaw appeared before Labourites at a mass rally in Spanish Town, St Catherine to say sorry, explaining that he was misinformed.

Meanwhile, Shaw has also reacted to criticisms for sending his wife overseas to get medical attention for their premature child.

"Don’t draw me tongue, leave my little preemie out of it,” declared Shaw.

"My wife was at home and heard that she is 22 weeks pregnant when her water broke," he said.

According to Shaw, when she went to a hospital in Jamaica; he was informed by the doctor that his wife would have to abort the baby.

He said unknowing to him, his wife had an insurance in the United States so he took "a chance" and sent them to the United States. 

"To God be the glory great things he has done, because I had to do this during the most difficult time when I was Minister," Shaw said.

He said the baby was in an incubator for five months before she could breathe on her own.