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Princess Margaret Hospital probing circumstances surrounding councillor's death

By Racquel Porter 
 
The management of Princess Margaret Hospital in St. Thomas has launched a probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of Councillor for the Morant Bay Division, Rohan Bryan, at the facility earlier this month.
 
People's National Party Parish Manager for St. Thomas, Phillip Paulwell, told Radio Jamaica News on May 1, that the councillor's death was as a result of a heart condition.
 
The administration of the hospital launched the probe following a voice note being circulated on social media regarding the circumstances which may have led to Mr. Bryan's death.
 
In the voice note, a woman, said to be an employee at the hospital, alleged that Mr. Bryan was sent to Kingston in his private vehicle to a medical facility, without the assistance of staff from the hospital.
 
The woman said the two ambulances assigned to the hospital were not available.
 
Councillor Hubert Williams, Minority leader in the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation, on Thursday questioned the protocol at Princess Margaret Hospital in handling emergency cases. 
 
"If you have two ambulances working, and you have a man in the hospital from Sunday evening, you want tell me that you can't find a way to schedule him, that one of those ambulance move him?" he questioned, citing the councillor's reported heart condition and the fact that he was in "serious pain".
 
Mr. Williams, who lamented that Councillor Bryan was not moved from the hospital until the Tuesday, insisted Princess Margaret Hospital should have called other facilities prior for emergency assistance.  
 
Chairman of Princess Margaret Hospital Michael McLeod, who is also the Deputy Mayor of Morant Bay, confirmed the unavailability of the ambulances.
 
He said a meeting was held on Monday and a report has been sent to Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton. 
 
Speaking at the St. Thomas Corporation meeting on Thursday, Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Dian Jackson said investigations are ongoing.
 
Dr. Jackson also expressed sympathy to Mr. Bryan's family and colleagues.
 


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