Public defender report vindicates Fenton Ferguson, says Horace Dalley
The public defender is being criticised for the conclusions of her report on the deaths of eight babies at the University Hospital of the West Indies during a bacterial outbreak last year.
However, former health minister, Horace Dalley, is welcoming the outcome of the probe.
Public defender Arlene Harrison Henry said she found no evidence of negligence on the part of the hospital and its staff for the deaths of the babies adding that the infants were unfortunate the victims of an under-resourced medical institution.
Dalley says the report supports his view that no doctor or nurse would intentionally harm a baby.
Dalley, who is also the opposition spokesman on health, says healthcare workers should not be unfairly criticised in light of the situation.
He says the public defender’s report vindicates former health minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, who faced heavy public criticisms arising from the so-called dead babies scandal.
After much public outcry then Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller removed Dr Ferguson from the health ministry and reassigned him to the labour and social security ministry and a appointed Dalley as Health Minister.
Attorney-at-law Marc Ramsay who is representing several of families of babies who died during the outbreak says the Public Defender's report is irresponsible and unacceptable.