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Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has lauded the efforts of the management and staff of hospitals in the corporate area and Spanish Town, who have been working tirelessly since the recent unrest in sections of Kingston.
The Minister made the commendation today (May 29) during his tour of the University Hospital of the West Indies, National Chest and Spanish Town hospitals.

Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, greets Dr. Racquel Storer, during a tour of the Spanish Town Hospital yesterday (May 29).

“No amount of praise and thanks is too much for the staff…I want to convey to the nurses, doctors, porters, everybody in general, our sincere thanks and appreciation for the level of service you have given throughout this period,” Minister Spencer expressed.
He pointed out that the teams at the various facilities have worked long and hard, under strenuous conditions to facilitate civilians and members of the security forces, who got injured during the unrest.
He noted that the level of service and dedication demonstrated by staff at the various facilities will only contribute to the growth and development of the health sector.
“The level of service I have seen, especially over the last few days, with some people working 48 hours, others 72 hours without being relieved, demonstrates a kind of commitment, which is quite admirable,” Minister Spencer said.

Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, expresses gratitude to nurses working in the operating theatre at the University Hospital of the West Indies during his tour of the facility yesterday (May 29).

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of Spanish Town Hospital, Horace Buckley, also praised the staff for a job well done, noting that the overall effort went smoothly as a result of a planned approach that was effectively implemented.
“We had a plan that we put into operation…we looked at accommodation, transportation, communication, feeding the staff and we adjusted all of these things to deal with the situation…we didn’t want staff to be travelling in the nights so we did the necessary rescheduling and rotation of shifts to deal with what was happening,” Mr. Buckley explained.
Accompanying the Minister on the tour were Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sheila Forrester; Director of Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse; and Chairman of the Board of the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), Tanny Shirley.