Medical Association horrified at killing at POS General

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 13:15

The Trinidad & Tobago Medical Association (T&TMA) says it is horrified at the recent killing of patient at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

In an official statement, the T&TMA expressed concern about the safety of hospital staff and patients at the nation’s health care facilities.

The full text of the Association’s statement, follows…

The Trinidad & Tobago Medical Association (T&TMA) has received with horror, the news that a brazen execution took place after visiting hours on Ward 3, Port of Spain General Hospital (POSGH), on November 26th, 2019.

The Association is concerned about the safety of the staff in our public health care facilities, as well as all those we serve. It is now clear that no place is safe from the criminal element rampaging through this country.

This is not the first nor the last time we have called for implementation of more stringent safety and security measures at POSGH and all our Health Care Facilities nationwide, especially after hours.

We stress again that the staff working in the hospitals at these hours are usually young, mainly female, doctors and nurses. When a tragedy occurs, persons experience a wide variety of emotions and as such, the T&TMA offers its assistance to the medical and non-medical staff, their families, and the patients on Ward 3 affected in the incident.

We offer sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and maintain that hospitals and health centres are meant to be places of healing, where every patient should feel safe and secure while in our care.

The T&TMA strongly encourages solution based discussions between all stakeholders involved and offer the support of the Association in those deliberations.