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University Hospital officials to face Public Defender on Friday over #DeadBabiesScandal

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 9:24 AM
Arlene Harrison Henry

Public Defender, Arlene Harrison Henry, says the first set of interviews with persons connected to the dead babies issue will take place on Friday.

The Public Defender is probing the circumstances under which 19 premature babies died as a result of outbreaks of the klebsiella and serratia bacteria at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and Cornwall Regional Hospital.

She disclosed that Dr Cecil White and Professor Trevor McCartney, who have both resigned from the UHWI over the issue, will be the first people interviewed.

The hospital's board chairman, Sterling Soares, is expected to be questioned next week Thursday, by when he is also expected to submit certain documents.

READ: Public Defender subpoena's University Hospital senior officials

Last week, news emerged that the Office of the Public Defender issued summonses to the three senior officials to account for the deaths of the babies in the ongoing infectious outbreak.

Last night the Public Defender told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that there were problems in settling on a schedule for the interviews.


Public Defender, Arlene Harrison Henry

Meanwhile, Harrison Henry says no other officials have been summoned by the office.

Meanwhile, the board of the UHWI has announced that in the interim Senior Director of Finance, Kevin Allen, will act as CEO, while Consultant Neurosurgeon, Dr Carl Bruce will act as Senior Director, Clinical Services.