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SERHA orders St Jago Health Centre to discontinue bathroom fee collection

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2013 | 9:41 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter



The South East Regional Health Authority has ordered administrators at the St Jago Health Centre in Spanish Town, St Catherine to immediately suspend the collection of fees from patients to use the bathroom at the facility.




It was revealed that patients at the health facility are being charged $20 to access the restroom.



Officials at the Authority met with the management of the health centre yesterday afternoon to discuss the matter.



Chairman of the Authority, Lyttleton Shirley, says it was revealed in the meeting that a charge was imposed to use the bathroom to help cover the mounting operational costs at the facility.



However, Shirley says that is a breach of the government’s policy.



He said while the authority understands the intention of the management he said proper procedures must be followed.



Shirley is encouraging patients to report any incident of charges to use bathroom facilities at public hospitals.



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