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UHWI cancels major surgeries because of insufficient nurses, operating theatres

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2017 | 6:33 PM

All major surgeries at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) have been cancelled because there is not enough critical care nurses and operating theatres.

Chairman of UHWI board James Moss-Solomon made the announcement at the monthly meeting of the Lions Club of Kingston at the Jamaica Pegasus today.

Moss-Solomon cited the popular practice of developed countries offering visas to specialist nurses even before they graduate.

IN PHOTO: James Moss-Solomon

"We have doubled training for specialist nurses in 2016 and before the courses are complete, 50 per cent of them are already employed. It doesn’t matter how many millions of dollars we care to put on a bonding system, USA, Canada and UK to a lesser extent are quite happy to pay it off," he said.

He added: "We’re co-operating with the Ministry of Health in bringing down the backlog (of patients needing surgeries) but it’s difficult under the current circumstances where we get the equipment working and have things ready to go and we simply don’t have enough specialist staff to keep up with the number of operations we are able and willing to perform."