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Lack of Linear Accelerators worries Medical Association

The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) wants answers from the Government in the wake of  the failed promise to provide linear accelerators to St. Joseph's Hospital and Cornwall Regional Hospital.

It says the equipment, which are used to treat cancer patients, should have been operational last month.

Dr. Myrton Smith, MAJ President, told RJR News that the health sector is in the dark on when these two hospitals will get the linear accelerators.

He said the delay is having dire consequences for cancer patients.

“We still have patients who have cancer and are waiting six months or more for radiotherapy, during which time their cancers advance and some of them die,” he explained.

According to the MAJ, cancer treatment in the public sector is woefully inadequate with recurrent shortages of chemotherapy drugs and long waiting times for access to outmoded radiotherapy.

   

    



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