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Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley has said that there were no plans to de-regionalize the island’s health system.
“We will not abolish the regional health authorities. Prior to the establishment of the regional health authorities, health workers and the public generally complained about the bureaucracy at head office,” he stated at a press conference held yesterday (October 3) at the Ministry’s King Street offices.
He noted however, that there were some challenges within the system that needed to be addressed. Further, the Health Minister disclosed, research was underway to ascertain the effectiveness of the decentralization process, which had led to the formation of regional authorities.
According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Grace Allen Young, the Office of the Services Commission had ordered the study, which was being undertaken by the Cabinet Office.
“There are some areas where we need additional staffing to make them more responsive such as regional technical staffing. We have been looking at that. we are expecting that the review, that is going to be undertaken between now and the end of the year, will be able to deal with some of these issues, and factor in some of the performance indicators,” Dr. Allen Young told journalists.