New boards named for Western Regional Health Authority, UHWI
Businessman Tony Hart is the chairman of the new board of the Western Regional Health Authority.
The board was approved by the Cabinet yesterday following a request by the Health Minister Horace Dalley for the previous members to resign in the wake of a damning health sector audit and the deaths of seven babies amid an infection outbreak at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.
Yesterday, Dalley said he would make a decision soon on the fate of the board of the hospital.
Meanwhile, the board of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UWHI) where 12 babies died in a series of outbreaks was also asked to step down and businessman James Moss-Solomon is the new head of the body which includes former chairman Sterling Soares.
Dalley says with the complex and important issues facing the health sector, it was necessary to move swiftly with the appointments following the en bloc resignation of the previous Boards.
The appointment of the new Boards which take effect today will be for a three-year period.
See full list of the new boards below:
WESTERN REGIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITY:
Tony Hart (chairman)
Merrick Fray - Businessman
Desmond Leakey - Farmer
Norman Wayne Vaccianna- Businessman
Dr Roy McGregor – Medical Practitioner
Bishop Burchell McPherson – Roman Catholic Bishop of Montego Bay
Mayor Berthel Moore –Westmoreland Parish Council
Mayor Glendon Harris – Local Board of Health
Marva Lawson- Byfield- Public Health Nurse
Rev. Devere Nugent – Minister of Religion
ex officio members including: the Regional Director; the Senior Medical Officer of the Regional Hospital and the Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Hospital.
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF THE WEST INDIES:
James Moss Solomon - chairman
Sterling Soares- Businessman
Dr. Carl Bruce- Consultant Neurosurgeon
Jack Shirley - Banker
Walter Scott Q.C. - Lawyer
Ian Moore - Businessman
Dr. Janet Coore Farr - NAJ and
A nominee from the Medical Association of Jamaica, MAJ
Ex-officio Members include:
the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies
the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of the West Indies
the Chief Medical Officer, Jamaica
the Financial Secretary, Jamaica
the Bursar of the University of the West Indies
the Chairman of the Medical Committee of the Hospital
The Office of the Prime Minister says given the complexity of the health sector, the Cabinet has given the two boards the latitude to co-opt any individual with the requisite skills that they deem necessary to advance their mandates.