Opposition says gov't negligent in dealing with Cornwall Regional Hospital issue
Opposition Spokesperson on Health, Horace Dalley, has accused the Government of being negligent in dealing with the noxious fumes affecting the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.
Operations at the major hospital have been disrupted since last Friday because of noxious fumes which caused staff and patients to vacate some areas of the institution.
The Health Ministry has indicated that it may take up to six months to fix the problem.
Speaking with The Gleaner Power 106 FM News Centre today, Dalley said residents in Western Jamaica should not have to wait such a long period for the issue to be resolved.
Dalley says scientists from various local universities should have been called in to assess the issue when it first appeared months ago.
The problem at the hospital first arose late last year when the noxious fumes, which reportedly emanated from the X-ray department, seeped into the ventilation system, forcing the closure of the first three floors of the hospital.
As a result, some cases were diverted from the hospital's Accident and Emergency department to the nearby Mount Salem Health Centre.
The fumes also forced the closure of a laboratory at the hospital and later triggered a protest by medical technologists who said their current workspace is putting them at risk.
Yesterday, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said the fumes have been linked to a 20-year-old ventilation system which was recently put back into operation.