"His subsequent attempt to use public relations to cover up his failure and mislead the nation is an affront to the entire Jamaica. Minister Tufton has sat on this problem and recommendation for over a year while the noxious fumes endangered the lives of staff and patients," the PNP said.
The PNP says Dr. Tufton, by his inaction and admission, has proven to all Jamaicans that he is incapable of handling such a sensitive and critical portfolio and cannot safeguard the health of staff and patients in the western region of the island.
According to the PNP's spokesman on health, Dr. Dayton Campbell, "Dr. Tufton failed to act after he was properly advised over a year ago by his ministry’s technical management team, which includes branch heads and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) along with other legitimate and relevant health authorities and practitioners.
"He was informed that the fast deteriorating situation at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) required the drastic action of a complete shutdown of the facility. This failure by the Minister to act demonstrates an unfortunate lack of understanding of the issues. The life-threatening implications of his inaction are now evident. It firmly signals that he does not have the capacity to lead the health ministry, nor does he take the health of the nation serious.
Dr. Tufton's own technocrats in his ministry, after wide ranging consultations, recommended that the facility be closed, and he chose to ignore it. The devastating outcome of his decision is his own making and he must be prepared to face the consequences, Dr. Campbell declared.
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