A statement issued by the Ministry of Health said that Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton last Friday signed the agreement that covers areas including cardiology, nephrology, neurosciences and oncology.
“The agreement also provides for technical cooperation in nursing and bio-medical engineering,” the statement said, noting that the MOU is part of its thrust to expand public health facilities and the range of specialist services offered.
“I was particularly impressed by what I saw during the tour of the facility and I am convinced that this represents the kind of partnership that will help our plans to expand our public health system,” Tufton said.
“Jamaica needs more partnerships at the bilateral and institutional levels to improve health care provision, particularly in areas of training and specialist care.”
The Jamaica government said that steps are already being taken to transform St Joseph’s Hospital in St Andrew to a 24-bed centre of excellence general hospital to enable it to handle certain specialist services, such as oncology.
“There has been significant investment in a linear accelerator, which deals with cancer treatment,” according to the statement.
Under the MOU, the Ministry of Health and UHB will explore joint activity and enter into collaborative arrangements which will further the development of centres of excellence. In addition, each activity carried out within the broad framework of the MOU will be subject to the mutual written consent of the ministry and UHB.
The Ministry of Health said the MOU is non-binding and that details of the execution will be separately negotiated and mutually agreed by both parties through discussion and the signing of a separate legally binding contract.
UHB Foundation Trust is one of the highest performing NHS organisations in Europe with a proven international reputation for quality care, information technology, clinical education, and training and research.
UHB is a regional centre for cancer. It has the second largest renal dialysis programme in the UK and the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe. It also provides a series of highly specialist cardiac and liver services and is a major specialist centre for burns and plastic surgery.
- Countries: Jamaica