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JLP insists Ferguson, other health officials should also resign over #DeadBabiesScandal

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Chang ... the resignations of UHWI officials show that people are taking responsibility for their roles in the scandal.

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says the resignations of two senior managers from the University Hospital of the West Indies, (UWHI) should force the Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson and senior members of his team to step aside too.

The chief executive officer of the UHWI, Dr Cecil White became the first casualty of the #DeadBabiesScandal and our source says another resignation will take effect "shortly".

The Opposition has maintained that the Health Minister should resign for what it says is his mismanagement of the portfolio.

In the meantime, JLP general secretary, Dr Horace Chang, says the resignations show that people are taking responsibility for their roles in the scandal. 


JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang

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 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.