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JLP and PNP agree ... more needs to be done to preserve dignity of persons at infirmaries

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 10:30 PM

Jovan Johnson, Staff Reporter

Representatives of the People's National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have admitted that more needs to be done to ensure the dignity of persons who live in Jamaica's infirmaries.

Milton Brown, a former JLP mayor, argued that his party had improved conditions in infirmaries when it controlled municipalities so much so that "persons are seeking to come to the infirmaries because of the wok done".

According to him, if the JLP gains control of municipalities, "we will ensure that the person that resident in the infirmaries are taken care of".

However, his record at the Clarendon Municipal Corporation was challenged by the PNP's Scean Barnswell who is seeking to return as mayor.

Barnswell gave himself credit for leading improvement work in the parish.

The PNP representatives said that under their control of the municipalities, 'millions' were spent to provide beds and improve the physical infrastructure of infirmaries across Jamaica.

Sanitation, lack of bed space and alleged poor service have remained some of the major complaints over the years.

Back in 2010, Robert Montague, now National Security Minister drew public condemnation for his comments directed at a matron for the state of the Port Antonio Infirmary.