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December 21, 2013
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Urgent examination of Buff Bay Hospital

The Buff Bay Community Hospital is to come in for urgent attention. That is the directive from Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson. He says that operations at the more than 100-year-old institution must be immediately reviewed by an ad hoc committee so that a suitable road map of development can be charted.

"My fact-finding mission is to have a first-hand look at the facilities and the operations. The 36 members of staff here must be commended for doing good work under trying circumstances. I want this committee to start working right now, comprehensively look at what we have, and chart the way forward", he said.

Ferguson said subject to technical advice, he believed the derelict buildings at Buff Bay should be taken down so that planning could take place. He said the special committee must also consider transforming Buff Bay Community Hospital into a centre of excellence so that exemplary care could be offered to thousands of persons who use the facility.

The Buff Bay Hospital was one of the hospitals downgraded to community status in 1985 as part of a rationalisation exercise.

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