Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon, yesterday slammed the administration of the public hospitals for poor record-keeping which has in part led to some of the recent maternal deaths at the Public Hospitals.
He said that as Cabinet continues the review of the 2010 maternal deaths the reasons for the delays by the Ministry of health to provide the detailed record of the 21-odd cases was poor record keeping.
According to Dr Luncheon, Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, was criticized for the State of affairs adding that the Cabinet review process could only pronounce on the completed records disclosed.
He lamented that there were lapses in record keeping at both the administrative and professional level.
“These were two main considerations.”
Dr Luncheon stressed that an effective review is not possible in a timely manner because of the lack of records.
As such he said that Cabinet has decided on the monitoring of maternal deaths and this will be made statutory.
He said that with the implementation of the initiatives under the Health Licensing and Facilities Act which provide for a level of standards and reporting this will be included and will have to be made available to Cabinet.
Dr Luncheon said that he impressed on Cabinet the critical nature of access to records.
Records are all that the investigators can rely on when events such as the death of a patient occurs. “Only records can allow for a review.”
Dr Luncheon said that there is clear cut evidence that in some cases the competence and critical skills were found to be inadequate.
He said that proper record keeping will force individuals to conform to doing the right thing. Accurate records have to be kept at all levels
“The act of making correct records will force the average practitioner at whichever level…to conform and do what is right.
He said that lack of record keeping covers inadequacy. The various administrations cannot be penetrated as readily as if record were available.
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