Holness says PM tolerant of failure, insists reassigning Ferguson not enough
The Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says the decision of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to reassign health minister Fenton Ferguson to another ministry is demonstrates that she is tolerant of failure.
According to Holness, Simpson Miller is merely shielding her minister and shifting accountability and responsibility away from Ferguson.
"The Prime Minister's actions show a very high tolerance and patience with failure and under-performance which places the health and security of the people of Jamaica at risk," Holness said.
Amid mounting pressure to take action of the failures in the health system, Simpson Miller today announced that come Monday, Ferguson will be the new Minister of Labour and Social Security.
Horace Dalley will take over as Health Minister.
In the meantime, Holness said Ferguson should have been removed a long time ago.
"The fact is that Ferguson's performance and execution of his duties as the Minister of Health does not recommend him to continue to hold any ministerial office in any cabinet."
Holness also said he is expected others will be held accountable.
"The prime minister should hold to account other chief personnel and political appointees responsible for the shortcomings in policy and administration. This will set an example of accountability not just in the Ministry of Health but throughout the entire government."