Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter
SOUTH EAST Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has ordered an investigation into an incident in which nurses were robbed at the Specialist Male Ward at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) two weeks ago.
The Gleaner understands that the robbery took place about 2 o'clock in the morning. At the time of the incident, the nurses were reportedly asleep, but woke up later to find that cash and other items had been taken from their bags.
It is believed that the nurses were drugged before the robbery took place.
But chairman of SERHA, Lyttleton 'Tanny' Shirley, is upset over how the incident has been handled.
"When I asked what were the processes taken, I can't get a comprehensive answer as they claimed that all the nurses were sleeping. They claimed that they were drugged. I asked if they were sent to have a blood test to verify that, nobody can say up to now," he lamented.
Shirley added that the hospital staff could not confirm if the matter was reported to the police.
"I asked what type of investigation, what type of breaches was cited, what type of protection given that it doesn't happen again, and nobody can answer. So I have asked for a comprehensive report on it and the chips have to fall where it lies because this is madness!" a seemingly agitated Shirley declared.
"If they were drugged, how do you confirm that they were drugged? You can't just say people were drugged. You should do a blood test immediately so that you can find out if any foreign substance was in their bodies. Two weeks after, how are you going to know it is not just speculation that you were drugged?" he reasoned.