Doctor was regular visitor to Cayman hospital

| 18/07/2017 | 9 Comments

(CNS): The death of Dr Vary Anetta Jones-Leslie has hit many people hard in Cayman as the doctor was a regular visitor to the local hospital, where she was much loved by patients and colleagues alike. Dr Jones-Leslie had been a locum at the HSA’s Women’s Health Clinic for several years and was well known in the local health service. In a statement following the announcement of her death Tuesday morning, the Health Services Authority said the impact on staff was “immeasurable”.

The doctor was knocked down outside the airport by a taxi shortly after she arrived from Jamaica for another temporary assignment at the hospital. But instead of going there to work, she was taken by ambulance with serious injuries and died Tuesday morning.

Health Services Authority CEO Lizzette Yearwood extended “sincere condolences to her husband, family and colleagues and friends both in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere during this difficult time”. She said that the medical staff who attended to Dr Jones-Leslie, including Dr James Akinwunmi, “worked under very difficult emotional circumstances”.

Health Minister Dwayne Seymour said he was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the tragedy and that the circumstances were “extremely hard for everyone in the health sector”.

Offering his condolences, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell reiterated his commitment to address safety issues at the airport, which he said was the highest priority.

“While accidents can happen even with all of the necessary protocols being in place, I am committed to doing everything possible to prevent a reoccurrence of this terrible tragedy happening in the future. The ministry will therefore be speaking with the relevant authorities to identify what, if any, additional measures can be taken to improve road safety and to make the pedestrian areas around the airport safer,” he added.

See full statements:

Statement by Deputy Premier on the death of Dr Vary Anetta Jones-Leslie, July 2017

Minister Seymour message of condolence for Dr Vary Anetta Jones-Leslie

HSA statement on the passing of Dr Vary Anetta Jones-Leslie

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  1. Eileen Sheckles says:

    A real loss. I learnt just yesterday of Dr. Jones-Leslie passing after going for her to rewrite a referral for me. Words cannot express the shock I experience at this news.She was such a gentle, kind-hearted, loving, sincere soul. May God grant comfort to her family.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Rest in peace Dr Leslie. Thank you for guiding me through my two pregnancy. To the family tears is a. language God understand.

  3. Barbie says:

    Rest in peace Dr Leslie

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is extremely sad. First, you lost a beautiful and intelligent member from the medical community Who jumped at the chance to treat the Caymanian community. And secondly, secondlyyour airport is absolutely ridiculous. Having just flown home this past Sunday, I witnessed firsthand how the outside of your airport is absolute chaos. There were two members of your RCIP however one was working and the other was playing on her phone. The taxi drivers have no respect for any vehicle or person in their surrounding area’s. This adds to a problem in a already confined space.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lord if the family never need u before they need u now,

  6. Karen Sankey says:

    Doctor Leslie has had a tremendous impact on my family as she was instrumental in saving the life of my youngest daughter. She was much loved at the Spanish Town Hospital where she served with undaunted spirit and unquestionable professionalism. I am deeply saddened by her tragic and untimely passing. My deepest condolences to her family.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Taxi and bus drivers are way too reckless on the road.
    How many people do they have to hit and even kill before something gets done?
    Is there no remorse for these families? Is there no consideration for other people’s lives?
    Deep condolences to Dr. Jones-Leslie’s family and friends.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree. There’s a particular arrogance and careless abandon about they way they drive their vehicles. We should expect courtesy and absolute safety from so called “professional” drivers. By the way. . .are bus drivers trained or do they just hold a license?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Rest in peace cousin in law, doctor Leslie.


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