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Regional health authorities to be overhauled, says Health Minister

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 2:29 PM
Tufton says that based on what he has seen there is going to be a need for some consolidation among the regional authorities.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the regional health authorities are to be overhauled as part of plans to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare in Jamaica.

Tufton says the details of the overhaul will be announced later this year.

 

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton

The health minister, who was speaking in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament yesterday, said the process will be guided by the outcome of an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded study, currently underway.

Tufton says the study will deliver, among other things, a 10-year strategic plan, a three-year implementation plan including costs, as well as indicators to monitor progress.

He says that based on what he has seen there is going to be a need for some consolidation among the regional authorities.

The Health Minister says there are duplications in areas such as procurement and maintenance, but limited capacity in other areas such as project management.