Hospital Releases Statement Weeks After Baby Burning Allegations

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The Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) today broke its silence on allegations that three babies were burnt at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The statement was released on Tuesday night, less than 24 hours after health minister Molwyn Joseph insisted that the hospital speaks on the matter.

However, it took the hospital nearly three weeks to respond to media reports on the incidents.

In its statement, the MSJMC said it cares about our patients and take it very seriously when anyone has been negatively affected or unhappy about the care provided.

It said its staff are dedicated to delivering quality health care services.

In a wordy statement, the hospital said “the recently highlighted media reports of infants affected while in our care are of great concern and each ongoing case is treated as a circumstance for which discovery and determination of the root cause is of the highest priority.”

It added that “the cases are characterized by very unusual circumstances and everyone at MSJMC is deeply impacted.”

Despite its public silence, MSJMC the respective families were informed with full disclosure of the related particulars and all related roles are being assessed.

“Our Quality and Risk Department has been actively involved in undertaking the review that is demanded by such cases,” MSJMC said.

The hospital said while the particulars of each case cannot be revealed under the ongoing process it will further educate personnel, “and appropriately counsel those close to the situation.”

“At the same time, all the related equipment in both our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Maternity Departments have been extensively examined to be assured of optimal performance,” it said.

The hospital said it will continue to re-enforce its safety policies on a regular basis to handle patient complaints and has strengthened patient care supervision.

“Medical care is a very sensitive discipline. Notwithstanding, MSJMC strives to learn from
experiences, educate our staff, and make changes to the systems and processes related to any complaint,” the hospital said.

Just over a thousand babies are born each year at MSJMC.

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  1. Wow, a wordy statement that says absolutely nothing. I’m sure the parents of the injured babies feel so much better after this ‘statement’.

    MSJMC is a death trap. If only the public knew of some of the nonsense that takes place there on a regular basis. SMDH

  2. Was the statement put together by Salma Crump? Because she is NEVER aware of anything that happens at the hospital. I wonder what she gets paid to do.

  3. If I leave my infant in your care and come back and he’s burnt, it’s obvious that you must take responsibility for the injury. To be challenging court rulings and staying silent so long only shows how arrogant the people in the establishment are.

    It’s not difficult to find out who was on duty at the time these infants were hurt. I’m sure the hospital has a rostering system for workers. In my opinion, people should lose their jobs over this, but being such a corrupt country I hardly think that that’s even a possibility.

    There are too many rookies working in the hospital. I am not saying that being young means one can’t do the job, but having more senior persons who have seen and dealt with far more would be a great help.

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