PMH undergoes repairs

Challenges persist at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) following a week of cancelled surgeries due to a failed air-conditioning unit.

Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands told Eyewitness News that short-term goals are being achieved in an attempt to alleviate the mushrooming issues.

Presently, he said, renovations are underway and new equipment is being sought to improve the hospital’s operations.

“There is a whole of activity at PMH right now. There have been numerous complaints about lack of availability of cat scans and imaging and we are trying to correct that,” Dr. Sands said.

“There was a need to redo the entire imaging area that that is being done so by October we will have a brand new CAT scan and digital imaging to improve services and the technology moving forward.”

These issues coupled with the lack of nurses have created a vexing situation at the nation’s primary health care facility.

“The problems with nurses is not one that will go away overnight,” he said.

“We want to be able to optimize the terms and services of nurses for them to understand that they are appreciated they also what it is to be a civil servant.”