Friday, 28 October 2022 13:25

PNP calls for immediate resignation of Health Minister Tufton

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The People’s National Party is calling for the immediate resignation of the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, and a comprehensive probe into the deaths of 43% of the neonates in the nursery at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH). 

General Secretary of the PNP, Dr Dayton Campbell, has described the Minister’s mere acceptance of the deaths of these babies and their families’ trauma, as callous and unacceptable. He stated, “While neonatal mortality due to infection is not uncommon, a 43% mortality rate is alarming and people must be held accountable for this massive death toll.” He also shared that Ministers of previous Government administrations have lost their portfolios for neonatal deaths with far lower mortality rates.

 Dr Dayton Campbell

Dr Dayton Campbell

He further opined, “Infection control is seminal to the management of neonatal nurseries and to leave the staff at VJH without the necessary tools to ensure this infection control is tantamount to a dereliction of duty.” 

It is not enough for the Health Minister to merely publicly admit to this tragic loss and stop short by saying a high-profile team has been sent in. This approach neither shows accountability to the families of the neonates lost nor inspires confidence in the expectant families, whose babies may need neonatal care in the nation’s premier maternity facility in the near future. 

The PNP expresses condolences to the families who have lost their babies and hopes that the appropriate grief counselling is put in place to help them in this emotionally trying time. 

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