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JLP expected to press for health facilities audit at press conference today

Published:Friday | September 4, 2015 | 9:51 AM

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is expected to use a press conference called for this morning to press the health ministry to release the full details of an audit into health facilities.

The audit highlighted inadequate systems and infrastructure for the prevention and control of infections, insufficient hygiene practice and inadequate supplies of items such as gowns and aprons.

However, the ministry had said it decided not to release the full report because it did not want the public to have negative views against the implicated public health facilities.

The JLP has called a press conference for 10 o’clock at its Belmont Road headquarterd to discuss the development.

It says opposition spokesperson on Health Senator Marlene Malahoo-Forte and Deputy Spokesperson on Health and Healthy Lifestyle Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn will use the function to raise concerns about matters related to the management and functioning of the health sector.

The JLP says they will also be speaking on the Government's reluctance to make full details regarding the findings of the audit available.

Yesterday, the Health Ministry indicated it will be meeting to determine whether to reverse its decision not to release the detailed findings.

However, Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey, said maintained that the assessment is not comprehensive and was carried out mainly for internal purposes.


Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey