MONTEGO BAY, JUNE 25, 2021 - Opposition spokesperson on tourism Senator Janice Allen has raised her voice in support of the speedy completion of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay which after five years has shown no sign of completion anytime soon.
Opening the State of the Nation debate in the Senate this afternoon, Senator Allen paid tribute to the skill and dedication of the “health care workers at the Cornwall Regional Hospital who continue to give yeoman service in unfair conditions that often resemble a war zone.”
Senator Allen who hails from Montego Bay, said “It is not fair Mr. President that these health workers have for the last five years been awaiting the completion of the “seemingly” never ending….refurbishing...or...reconstruction….or restitution... of the only Type A hospital on the western side of the island.”
The Opposition Senator pointed out that “several billion dollars have already been spent, and we are yet to be given a completion date or a sufficiently credible status report as to the progress of the work.”
She said It was not fair that “our health care professionals are denied the professional satisfaction of giving optimal care to their fellow citizens,” noting that “the completion of the Cornwall Regional Hospital as a major type A facility is important to the citizens of the entire western Jamaica.”
Senator Allen lamented that “given the current pace of work and lack of transparency around this project,the CRH could remain incomplete for another five years.”
The Opposition Senator observed that construction of the childrens’ hospital, the brainchild of former Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, has commenced on the grounds of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, and told the Senate that upon completion, she was proposing that the facility be named in honour of Mrs. Simpson Miller.
The Mo Bay based Senator said she hoped that "construction work on the Children's hospital will in no way detract, derail or further delay the completion of the Cornwall Regional Hospital.”
Senator Allen warned that “since the formal start of Jamaica’s tourism industry in the early fifties, some seventy years ago, Montego Bay as the major city in the west has never been without a hospital that has the capacity to deal with major emergencies. In this regard, we’re now living on borrowed time,” Senator Allen lamented.