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  • Dr. Ferguson met with representatives of the NAJ, the Medical Association of Jamaica and the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association along with representatives of the South East Regional Health Authority.
  • The meeting was arranged in light of recent reports of robberies and concerns about a lack of security at the Caribbean’s largest hospital.
  • The KPH and its environs have seen an alarming rise in incidents of robbery of staff members particularly nurses.

Health Minister the Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson called an emergency stakeholders meeting on Monday, December 30, to discuss security arrangements at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

Dr. Ferguson met with representatives of the Nurses Association (NAJ), the Medical Association of Jamaica and the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association along with representatives of the South East Regional Health Authority. The meeting was arranged in light of recent reports of robberies and concerns about a lack of security at the Caribbean’s largest hospital.

Dr. Ferguson characterized the security situation as “totally untenable and in need of immediate attention”. He said he has already commenced discussions with Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and so far the response has been favourable. Dr. Ferguson saikd he hopes to get an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation and he wanted to hear from stakeholders, first-hand, the concerns and to chart a way forward.

The KPH and its environs have seen an alarming rise in incidents of robbery of staff members particularly nurses. The NAJ has condemned the attacks while urging all well-thinking Jamaicans to join in the repudiation of that type of behaviour.