Failure to deliver the rehabilitation of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) three years after closing sections of the main building to the medical facility is being blamed on a lack of local expertise.
That has prompted Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton to pledge a substantive shake-up to the renovation plan for the Type A facility, concerns he plans to lay before Cabinet. External technical input will be at the heart of that plan.
That development will be important not only for Cornwall but for a significant outlay of capital expenditures slated for the next three to five years, Tufton has disclosed.
He stressed that international expertise would be critical to getting over the hump – an obstacle he blames primarily on the lack of local experience in hospital buildout.
“Too many recalibrations and too many re-evaluations, too many variations, and I believe it is substantially a function of inexperience,” Tufton told a Gleaner Editors’ Forum, held in conjunction with the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.