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Cayman deputy Premier extends condolences following death of Jamaican doctor

Published:Tuesday | July 18, 2017 | 7:41 PM

Deputy Premier of the Cayman Islands and Minister of Tourism and Transport, Moses Kirkconnell, has extended condolences following the death of Jamaican doctor, Vary Anetta Jones-Leslie, who was mowed down by a taxi outside the Owen Roberts International Airport, yesterday.

He says throughout her service she demonstrated outstanding medical professionalism and compassion for her patients and will be greatly missed.

Noting that the airport falls under the remit of the Ministry of Tourism and Transport, Kirkconnell says he’s committed to doing everything possible to prevent a reoccurrence of this terrible tragedy.

He says the Ministry will be speaking with the relevant authorities to identify what additional measures can be taken to improve road safety and make the pedestrian areas around the airport safer.

Meanwhile, the Health Services Authority in the Cayman Islands says it is deeply saddened by Jones-Leslie’s death.

Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, Lizzette Yearwood says Jones-Leslie will be remembered as a respected and compassionate clinician who dedicated her life to serving others, and who was passionate about her job beyond just providing medical care.

Jones-Leslie, who is an obstetrician-gynecologist, worked at the Spanish Town Hospital until her retirement last year, and was visiting Cayman to work a temporary post at the public hospital.

She was struck on Owen Roberts Drive across the street from the Andy’s Rent-A-Car building around 10 o’clock yesterday morning.

She was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in critical condition and succumbed to her injuries this morning.