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Medical Association presses for release of health facilities audit

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2015 | 12:24 PM

The Medical Association of Jamaica is pressing the Health Ministry to consider releasing the full audit report on Jamaica's health facilities to selected stakeholders.

The doctors say this would increase transparency. 

Last Wednesday, the ministry only presented a document listing eight key findings of the audit, saying the publication of the full report could lead to negative views against implicated health workers and institutions. 

However, the President of the Medical Association of Jamaica, Dr Shane Alexis, says the ministry should consider inviting key members of society to discuss the full report. 


President of the Medical Association of Jamaica, Dr Shane Alexis

He also argues that it is not fair to compare the impact of naming so-called failing schools with health facilities that play a critical role in matters of life and death. 

Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson has cited the controversy over the naming of poor-performing schools as a reason for withholding the audit report. 

Last week, amid mounting pressure, Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey, said a review was being done on the decision to withhold the full audit. 

The Opposition has described the decision as an attempt at cover-up.

Some of the findings include inadequate systems and infrastructure for the prevention and control of infections, insufficient hygiene practice and inadequate supplies of items such as gowns and aprons.