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Clone of Facilities to be built at infirmaries for persons abandoned at hospitals

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 2:07 PM

Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, says facilities will be built on the grounds of infirmaries to accommodate persons who have been abandoned at hospitals.

McKenzie says the move, which will be undertaken in partnership with the Ministry of Health, will free up the bed-space in hospitals.

Addressing a recent awards and recognition ceremony of the Board of Supervision, he noted that hospitals are forced to accommodate persons left there by relatives.

McKenzie points out that a number of these persons at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James had to be accommodated elsewhere to facilitate remedial work to address the problem of noxious fumes at the facility.

Some 36 of these persons were relocated to the Trelawny Infirmary.

Meanwhile, McKenzie says the functions of the Board of Supervision will be integrated fully into the local government ministry to make it more efficient.

The Board of Supervision is a statutory body operating under the Ministry to supervise and monitor the delivery of poor-relief services at the local level.