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New security measures agreed on after emergency meeting at KPH

Published:Monday | December 30, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

New security measures are to be implemented at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) following an emergency meeting called by the Health Minister this afternoon.

The Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson called the 3 o'clock meeting following recent reports of robberies and concern about a lack of security at the Caribbean’s largest hospital.

It has reportedly been decided that the police will increase their patrol of the area, and provide more personnel and other services to improve security at the hospital.

KPH staff members are also being urged to take precautions to lessen their risk of being pursued by criminals such as not using their cellular phones while heading to and from work.

The Health Minister met with representatives of the Nurses Association, the Medical Association of Jamaica and the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association as well as representatives of the South East Regional Health Authority.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo represented the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

In a statement issued to the media announcing the meeting, Ferguson said the security situation is untenable and in need of immediate attention.

Prior to this afternoon's meeting, Ferguson said he had started discussions with police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, and so far the response has been favourable.


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