Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton (left), and National Health Fund (NHF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Everton Anderson (second right), examine a commemorative plaque unveiled at the newly built National Linear Cancer Treatment Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston, following the facility’s recent opening. Also sharing the moment (from second left) are Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) Executive Director, Dr. Carey Wallace; Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund CEO, Billy Heaven; National Health Fund (NHF) Chief Executive Officer, Everton Anderson; and CHASE Board Member and Chair of the entity’s Health Committee, Merle Donaldson. In the background is Anglican Suffragan Bishop of Kingston, Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson.
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The Government says five hospitals have been shortlisted for upgrading over the next three to five years with loan funding of US$50 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
These institutions are the Kingston Public, Spanish Town, May Pen, Mandeville and St. Ann’s Bay Hospitals.
Speaking at the recent opening of the National Linear Cancer Treatment Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton said
the facilities were identified for inclusion in a study that was conducted on behalf of the Government by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
“The intention of upgrading these facilities [is] to deal with the demand for in-patient care, specialist treatment and surgeries,” Dr. Tufton said. He said next year ground would be broken on some of these developments.
The Minister also reiterated that construction of the proposed Western Children’s Hospital in St. James, which forms part of the health sector’s modernisation thrust, is scheduled to commence by March 2019.
By: Franklin McKnight