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Health authorities probing reports of patients paying to use bathrooms

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2013 | 6:02 PM

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has commenced an investigation into reports that patients at the St Jago Health Centre in St Catherine are being forced to pay to use bathroom facilities there.

It is reported that patients are being forced to make a payment of $20 each time they want to use the bathroom facilities at the health centre.

However, chairman of SERHA Lyttleton Shirley says under no circumstances should persons be paying to use the bathroom facilities at the health centre. He has called an emergency meeting with employees of the health facility and a probe has been ordered into the matter.

He says any attempt by employees to solicit unauthorised payment from patients accessing services at the health centre is unacceptable.

Shirley says employees will be instructed to immediately cease the collection of monies to use bathrooms at the facility, if it is proven to be true. He has encouraged people, who may have knowledge of similar breaches to report the matter since it flouts the no-user-policy of the health ministry.


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