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Moss-Solomon urges doctors to balance treatment and care

Published:Friday | September 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Chairman of the board of the University Hospital of the West Indies, James Moss-Solomon

James Moss-Solomon, chairman of the board at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), has called on medical practitioners to ensure that there is a balance between offering treatment and extending care to patients.

Speaking at the Rotary Club of New Kingston's breakfast meeting, which was held at the Altamont Court Hotel in New Kingston earlier this week, he said that in looking at the structures, there has been massive improvement in medical education and treatment options, however, this has torn apart the social fabric of the profession across the world.

He said that nothing is wrong with advances, however, patients usually see a lack of social interaction as snobbish and disrespectful.

"The rapid advances in medicine over the years have brought newer treatment regiments, offering a smaller space in which to be a king or a queen, thus the social interaction is contorted," said Moss-Solomon.

According to him, "We are aware that there will be no success story to emulate unless we, the UHWI, become the point of reference for a cure-with-care institution. Unless we can set that target and prove that it can be done, that time travel to the future is possible, how will every other hospital and clinic believe that its attainment is possible? Setting the tone for health-care standards in Jamaica is a vital part of our mission at the university hospital through focus on being proactive."


Gratitude to the Diaspora


In the meantime, Moss-Solomon expressed gratitude to the Diaspora for its continuous support but pleaded with them to focus on assisting countries like Jamaica to buy equipment, explaining that there are professionals and services that are able to check prices and performance levels of medical equipment across the world.