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  • Chairman of the Board of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mr. Sterling Soares has announced that Mr. Kevin Allen, Senior Director of Finance at the Hospital, has been appointed to act as Chief Executive Officer, following the resignation of Dr. Cecil White.
  • Dr. White’s resignation was to have taken effect at the end of January 2016.
  • Mr. Soares said the Board felt it was in the hospital’s best interest to appoint someone to act immediately.

Chairman of the Board of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mr. Sterling Soares has announced that Mr. Kevin Allen, Senior Director of Finance at the Hospital, has been appointed to act as Chief Executive Officer, following the resignation of Dr. Cecil White.

Dr. White’s resignation was to have taken effect at the end of January 2016. However Mr. Soares said the Board felt it was in the hospital’s best interest to appoint someone to act immediately.

In addition, the Board has decided to appoint Dr. Carl Bruce, Consultant Neurosurgeon, to act as Senior Director, Clinical Services, in the wake of the resignation of Professor Trevor McCartney.

In giving an update on the situation at the UHWI today, Mr. Soares said considerable progress had been made in implementing the recommendations of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) team aimed at helping to ensure no further outbreaks of bacteria occurs at the Hospital. He said that there had been no further reported cases of bacterial infection at the Hospital.

In the meantime, the UHWI Chairman has described as quite alarming, photographs carried in both major newspapers yesterday which showed a flatbed truck with what was said to be baby incubators and other related equipment enroute to the UHWI.

He said the hospital’s guidelines, with respect to acquiring healthcare equipment, are quite clear. He said they are ordered from overseas and are delivered from the wharf in either crates or boxes, assembled within the Hospital by engineers, who demonstrate proper care to the hospital’s technicians including how to clean and sanitize the units.

Mr. Soares said he had requested a report as to when the last set of such equipment was delivered to the hospital. He was advised that a delivery was made on September 18, 2015 as a donation from the University of the West Indies, through PROMAC. The donation consisted of infant warmers and carriers, phototherapy lamps, along with a recovery bed and stretcher and that these items were delivered by Medical Link. After being removed from their boxes, the equipment was assembled in the Annex on Ward 11, sanitized and commissioned and sent to the respective areas of use.

Mr. Soares said that in light of the records of the hospital, he did not know what to make of the photographs supplied to both newspapers.