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Public Defender standing by 'dead babies' report

Published:Thursday | October 20, 2016 | 10:23 PM
Public defender Arlene Harrison Henry says she stands by her report adding that the findings are consistent with the evidence that was available.

Despite growing criticism, public defender Arlene Harrison Henry is adamant she will not review any of the findings of her recently released report on the deaths of several premature babies at The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) last year.

Between June and October last year, eight premature babies died at the UHWI as a result of the klebsiella or serratia bacteria.

The public defender’s report says there was no medical negligence on the part of hospital officials concerning those deaths.

However, critics have rejected the report saying the findings are inaccurate.

Former Acting Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu also said the report has several limitations which have affected its integrity.

However, the public defender says she stands by her report adding that the findings are consistent with the evidence that was available.

 

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry

The public defender's report also says there was no outbreak at the UHWI as klebsiella and serratia bacteria are commonly found in hospitals.

However, when the incident occurred last year, UHWI Medical Chief of Staff, Professor Trevor McCartney, had stated that there was an outbreak at the hospital and added that the Health Ministry was informed.

McCartney had also said the outbreak that occurred in June had escalated into a crisis by August last year.