Dr. Christopher Tufton
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton has dismissed the Opposition's call for the declaration of a medical emergency at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.
Members of the Opposition made the call on Tuesday following a tour of the institution.
According to Dr. Tufton, the government already takes seriously the situation at Cornwall Regional, as well as the plight of nurses and doctors.
"That's why I was there yesterday with them, listening to them, discussing with them where we're going, taking their suggestions on board," the minister asserted.
Dr. Tufton questioned the motive of the Opposition for making the call, arguing that the last thing the country needs is public panic.
He contended that the government has always been clear and open about the issues at Cornwall Regional, so it is important that the Opposition "bring balance to the conversation".
"I have never shied away from giving a comment on the state of Cornwall, neither to the Opposition or to the media or to the people of St. James," he argued.
He was speaking on Tuesday following an emergency media briefing at Jamaica House.