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Patients at Cornwall Regional Hospital to be relocated amid air quality issues

Published:Tuesday | April 3, 2018 | 5:03 PMBrian Walker
Cornwall Regional Hospital - File photo

Cornwall regional patients to be relocated amid air quality issues

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says in another week patients at the main building of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James will be relocated. 

He was responding to a proposal by Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Dayton Campbell to close the main building in a push to speed up renovation and minimise health complications due to air quality issues. 

Campbell made the proposal at a press conference at Gordon House this afternoon.

"We took a decision that we had to find a way to get everybody out, even if it meant down-scaling the services of the institution," said Dr Tufton.

The patients will be housed in a facility to the back of the main building and the surgical ward will move to Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny. 

Campbell earlier argued that greater consultation is needed to address the health crisis at the hospital, after 18 doctors called in 'sick' today. 

They include 12 interns and six Accident and Emergency resident physicians. 

Meanwhile, Campbell is demanding greater consultation.

"We want to have a sharing of the work plan for the facility as to what exactly it is that is going to be done. That needs to be shared, and so we can have our input in it," he said. 

“We are of the impression that health care is something that needs a national plan, certainly we are of that opinion. However, in order for you to get consensus, there has to be consultation."

Tufton has indicated that he will reach out to the Opposition Spokesperson to have formal dialogue. 

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