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Emergency meeting called over KPH security

Published: Monday December 30, 2013 | 2:35 pm Comments 0
Kingston Public Hospital – File
Kingston Public Hospital – File

The Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, has called an emergency stakeholders meeting for this afternoon at 3 o'clock to discuss security arrangements at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

Ferguson will meet with representatives of the Nurses Association (NAJ), the Medical Association of Jamaica and the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association as well representatives of the South East Regional Health Authority.

The meeting follows recent reports of robberies and concerns about a lack of security at the Caribbean’s largest hospital.

In a statement issued to the media, Ferguson said the security situation is totally untenable and in need of immediate attention.

He said he has started discussions with police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, and so far the response has been favourable.

Ferguson says he hopes to get an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation and he wants to hear the concerns from stakeholders and chart a way forward.

The Health Ministry says KPH and its environs have seen an alarming rise in incidents of robbery of staff members particularly nurses.

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