Health Minister Julius Timothy has admitted that the system at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) may have been “a little slow” when it responded to an accident over the weekend that left Grace Joseph of Kingshill dead.
“I will concede that the system may have been a little slow, but when we looked at what was put in place, it was well within the normal scheduling time … it seems that our normal scheduling time is a little slow and we are in the process of speeding that up,” he told a press conference Wednesday.
Joseph succumbed at the hospital in the wee hours of Saturday morning, after a vehicular accident on the Les Pointe road late Friday night.
Timothy said while the PMH is not to be blamed, measures are being put in place to speed up the life saving process at the facility.
“That is one of the reasons for putting in the 10 nurses so that a lot of people (Doctors/Nurses) will no longer be on call,” he said.
He explained that the ministry of health is in the process of ensuring that the nurses and doctors will be stationed at the PMH.
“We are all humans … If you are on call and you go and engaged in some private business, it may not always be easily to get you available and there is a lag time. If the person lives in Jimmit, they could be held up in traffic. We want to cut out that lag time and that is why we are in the process of employing more people in the service and getting more of our doctor’s specialized.” he added.
Timothy says the health services must not be blamed on the “madness” that takes place on the road.
“We must put the blame where it lies,” he added.