Sunday 16 June, 2019

Health Ministry probes handling of alleged rape victims at hospitals

In this file photo, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton addresses journalists at a press conference.

In this file photo, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton addresses journalists at a press conference.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness says it has launched a probe into an incident involving a mother and her two daughters, who were reportedly turned away from one hospital and denied attention for several hours at another when they went for a rape kit exam.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton says he has convened a panel, including representatives from the leadership of the South East Regional Health Authority and the Southern Regional Health Authority, to review the incident. 

The review is to determine what breaches took place and what action is to be taken.

Media reports suggest that the mother and her two daughters were each raped by gunmen who broke into their house in late May. 

Reports are that the females were first escorted to the May Pen Hospital, then sent back to Spanish Town Hospital and made to wait several hours before any form of help came.

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