Increasing violence prompts Tufton to plan tour of St James health facilities
Amid mounting concerns about the pressure on health facilities in St James because of increasing violence, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, will lead a tour of some of them on Thursday.
Tufton will visit the Glendevon, Salt Spring and Granville health centres which have been the most affected by violence in the parish.
Tufton said the tour will seek to allay some of the fears of the staff and review security arrangements at the facilities.
He points out, however, that communities will have to stand against the perpetrators of crime and violence to ensure that they can continue to access much needed and important services such as health care without undue interference.
Tufton will be accompanied by a team from the health ministry, the Western Regional Health Authority, the Peace Management Initiative, the Police and Members of Parliament.
According to Tufton, the violence in St James has been impacting the work of the health facilities and has been a major challenge for staff.
He says given that the health sector is already a high-stress environment, he’s very concerned about the added pressure that this situation has placed on staff.