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Two UHWI senior managers to resign over #DeadBabiesScandal

Published:Monday | October 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM
In just under four months, 12 babies died at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies from infections caused by the bacteria klebsiella and serratia.

Two senior managers at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in St Andrew are to resign over the #DeadBabiesScandal.

One of the resignations is to take effect on Tuesday.

Our source says the other will take effect "shortly".

In just under four months, 12 babies died at the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from infections caused by the bacteria klebsiella and serratia.

Six other babies died at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

READ: Infectious bacteria blamed for 18 baby deaths at two hospitals

A report from board of the UHWI said it took weeks before the administration was informed about the outbreak.

READ: TIMELINE - The #DeadBabiesScandal ... How the hospitals responded

However, at the Cornwall Regional, the Western Regional Health Authority said the hospital administration was informed within a day of detecting the bacteria in the nursery. 

Since the health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson reported that he learned of the outbreak only two Fridays ago, there has been increasing pressure for the Prime Minister to sack him with Twitter users mounting a campaign under the hashtag #FireFenton.

READ: Four months, 18 babies dead and the health minister in the dark

The UHWI's board report has indicated that the chief medical officer, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse took two weeks to respond to the crisis in September after she was informed in writing by the hospital's administration.

In the meantime, the health minister has rejected calls for him to resign saying he could not have acted before he knew about the problem.