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Dr Blythe didn't breach rules commenting on Simpson Miller's health – MAJ

Published:Monday | September 5, 2016 | 10:46 AM
Blythe, who is challenging Mrs Simpson Miller for the PNP presidency, last week withdrew his request for a debate with her, stating that his medical experience has led him to believe Simpson Miller is unwell.

Sherine Williams, Gleaner Writer

The Medical Association Of Jamaica (MAJ) says Dr Karl Blythe did not breach any of its rules when he publicly commented on PNP president Portia Simpson Miller's health.

Blythe, who is challenging Simpson Miller for the PNP presidency, last week withdrew his request for a debate with her, stating that his medical experience has led him to believe Simpson Miller is unwell.

After backlash from members of the PNP, Dr Blythe apologised for his statement.

However, some PNP members have called for the MAJ to take action against Dr Blythe for publicly diagnosing Simpson Miller.

However, MAJ president, Dr Myrton Smith, says Blythe could only be sanctioned if he were known to be Simpson Miller's personal doctor, in which case he would have breached doctor-patient confidentiality.

 

Smith says the MAJ could be seen as meddling in politics if it were to sanction Blythe. 

 

MAJ president, Dr. Myrton Smith