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Jamaica: Cornwall Crisis – Tufton Looks Overseas As Contractors Blamed For Hospital Renovation Delays

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.

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