Dr. Christopher Tufton
Amid growing concern about the air quality crisis at Cornwall Regional Hospital, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, is insisting that he will not resign.
Calls for his resignation mounted after TVJ's current affairs programme, All Angles, on Wednesday revealed more alarming stories from staff about the impact of the poor air quality on their health.
In an interview on TVJ's Smile Jamaica Friday morning, Dr. Tufton said he still has the confidence of Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
"I take instructions from one person, the chairman of the Cabinet, and up to this point, I have his confidence and I will continue," he maintained.
Dr. Tufton has been criticised for not immediately acting on a recommendation from former Chief Medical Officer Dr. Winston De La Haye, to relocate patients and staff from the main building at Cornwall Regional.
Air quality issues have been plaguing the main building since 2009.
Meanwhile, the Health Minister has insisted that without Cornwall Regional Hospital, people in the western region will die.
He said although "it's a difficult situation", efforts will continue to have full rehabilitation of the hospital.
"It's really about trying to keep the staff informed, keep the public informed who depend on those services and continue in earnest to work to correct the main building and put it back on track," the minister suggested.