JAMAICA | Golding writes to PM Holness over crisis in the Health Sector

JAMAICA | Golding writes to PM Holness over crisis in the Health Sector

KINGSTON, Jamaica, August 30, 2021 - Opposition Leader Mark Golding has written to Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressing concern over “the reports of the deep crisis in our health system, as the volume of patients grows day by day in the current torrent of infections.”

Prime Minister Andrew HolnessPrime Minister Andrew HolnessIn a letter this afternoon, the Opposition Leader noted that “both traditional and social media reports portray chaotic and desperate situations in our hospitals, placing the staff under unreasonable stress, and placing patients in considerable distress.”

“In particular, hospitals have been faced with a severe and life-threatening shortage of critically- needed oxygen,'' Golding said.

The Opposition Leader pointed out that “on Friday our Spokesperson for Health, Dr Morais Guy, called on the Government to use diplomatic channels to seek emergency assistance from our international partners to fly in supplies of oxygen for the island’s hospitals. We remain very concerned that the existing arrangements are ad hoc and inadequate to meet the critical needs of patients across the country.”

The Following is the full text of the Opposition Leader’s letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness:

2021 August 30
The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, PC, MP
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
1 Devon RoadOpposition Leader Mark GoldingOpposition Leader Mark Golding
Kingston 10 Jamaica

Dear Prime Minister Andrew Holness:

I am writing to you because I am extremely concerned about reports of the deep crisis in our health system, as the volume of patients grows day by day in the current torrent of infections.

Both traditional and social media reports portray chaotic and desperate situations in our hospitals, placing the staff under unreasonable stress, and placing patients in considerable distress.

In particular, hospitals have been faced with a severe and life-threatening shortage of critically- needed oxygen.

On Friday our Spokesperson for Health, Dr Morais Guy, called on the Government to use diplomatic channels to seek emergency assistance from our international partners to fly in supplies of oxygen for the island’s hospitals. We remain very concerned that the existing arrangements are ad hoc and inadequate to meet the critical needs of patients across the country.

At your press conference over a week ago, you told the nation that you would be reaching out to the Leader of the Opposition to see how we can work together in a united effort to confront this crisis. This is something that I have been calling for repeatedly, so I was happy to hear you say it, but since then I am yet to receive any communication from you on the matter.

I am therefore suggesting that we have an immediate summit to identify workable responses to the extremely desperate situation now facing the Jamaican people, in a demonstration of a common fixity of purpose and national unity.

In light of the terrible urgency of this matter, I am making this communication public.

Regards,
Mark Golding, MP
Leader of the Opposition

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