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Buff Bay hospital operations to get needed examination

Published: Monday December 30, 2013 | 10:05 am Comments 0

KINGSTON, Jamaica:
The Health Ministry has announced what it calls a strong 12-member special committee to urgently examine the operations of the Portland-based Buff Bay Hospital.

The committee which is to be chaired by Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kevin Harvey, has been mandated to immediately start working on a development plan.

The naming of the committee comes almost two weeks after Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson disclosed that the state of the Buff Bay Community Hospital is in need of urgent attention.

The 100-year-old hospital was downgraded to community hospital status in 1985 under a rationalisation programme.

Derelict buildings feature prominently on the spacious compound.

Ferguson said as a first step, the committee may want to consider planning for the demolition of some structures.

The Buff Bay Hospital Special Committee involves a cross-sectoral membership drawn from the head office of the Health Ministry, the North East Regional Health Authority and technical persons from the parish level.

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