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Health Minister orders investigation of patient's death at Falmouth Hospital

By Prince Moore
 
 
Health & Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton has ordered a high-level probe into the incident involving a patient who was admitted to Falmouth Hospital and who subsequently died.
 
The investigation will be conducted through the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, in conjunction with the Western Regional Health Authority.
 
It follows complaints on social media from family members. 
 
In the video making the rounds on social media, a family member complains about neglect by medical personnel at the hospital, which she claims, led to her mother's death. 
 
The family member says her mother, who suffered a stroke, was waiting at the hospital for hours before being seen by a doctor.
 
She says hospital staff told her there was no CT scan machine, no ambulance and no medication to assist her mother, who was in severe pain.
 
The woman says, when family members bought the medication, it was misplaced by nurses on the ward.
 
Dr Tufton says a technical team from the Ministry has been dispatched to Falmouth Hospital to initiate the investigation and that the Regional Health Authority has contacted the family and will provide counseling.  
 
 
EDITORIAL NOTE: Members of the public are reminded that the Ministry of Health has a Complaints Management System, which allows users of the public  healthcare facilities to report concerns that they may have. 
 
The Complaints Management System is accessible at the level of each public healthcare facility or alternately online at the Ministry's website, www.moh.gov.jm.
 
 
 


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