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Pandemic tops health conference agenda

Pandemic tops health conference agenda

| 12/10/2020 | 3 Comments

(CNS): It will come as no surprise that the coronavirus pandemic will be top of the bill for this year’s health conference, with speakers all making COVID-19 a central part of their planned presentations. The annual event, hosted by the Health Services Authority, is in its eleventh year but 2020 will be a little different […]

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COVID-19 testing to step up

COVID-19 testing to step up

| 14/04/2020 | 48 Comments

(CNS): By the end of this week health officials will be ramping up the testing for many more people across Cayman as part of government’s strategy to manage its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social isolation and mass testing are the most important elements in curtailing community spread, reducing the loss of life and […]

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HSA cleared to import doctors if needed

HSA cleared to import doctors if needed

| 06/04/2020 | 25 Comments

(CNS): Cabinet has cleared the Health Services Authority to recruit between 50 and 100 doctors from Cuba if needed during this current COVID-19 pandemic. At this point, there is no indication the HSA will need to call on this back-up of physicians but if it does, as an institutional registered health facility, under the Health […]

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HSA moves towards small BT hospital

HSA moves towards small BT hospital

| 14/10/2019 | 27 Comments

(CNS): Plans for a small satellite public hospital in Bodden Town, first announced by the minister in April, appear to be moving forward after the Health Services Authority issued a statement about a request for proposals (RFP) for architectural drawings. In a press release Friday HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood said the new facility is part […]

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Heartburn medicine in cancer link

Heartburn medicine in cancer link

| 24/09/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The commonly used heartburn medicine Ranitidine, or generic Zantac, has been found to contain some cancer-causing impurities beyond the usual permissible levels. Although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have not yet banned the drug, it is now under evaluation and the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority […]

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Hospital gets clean audit for first time

Hospital gets clean audit for first time

| 07/05/2019 | 12 Comments

(CNS): After almost fifteen years of trying, the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority has finally received an unqualified audit opinion from the auditor general for its 2018 financial statements. The report is not yet available to the public, and in a press release celebrating its first ever clean audit since at least 2005, when the […]

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Medical waste piles up outside hospital

Medical waste piles up outside hospital

| 05/03/2019 | 62 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the Department of Environmental Health have confirmed that they are working to replace a skip at the hospital for medical waste, but in the meantime bags of bio-waste are piling up outside the George Town health facility. Concerned readers contacted CNS with images taken outside the hospital this weekend which appears to […]

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Dry needle therapy leads to medical emergency

Dry needle therapy leads to medical emergency

| 19/03/2018 | 49 Comments

(CNS): A Caymanian patient of the Health Services Authority offered her heartfelt thanks to the medical staff that treated her earlier this year when she experienced a life-threatening situation after a type of acupuncture, known as deep dry needling. Debbie Pennington-Ebanks has made a full recovery but she suffered a collapsed lung following a session […]

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Lawyers agree deal to collect hospital debt

Lawyers agree deal to collect hospital debt

| 30/01/2018 | 43 Comments

(CNS): The Health Services Authority has appointed the local law firm HSM Chambers to collect cash from patients that have not paid their hospital bills. HSA officials said the firm won an open tender process last year and it has since entered into an agreement on how the debt, which has plagued the hospital for many years, […]

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Crown: Watson got CI$5.5M in CarePay fraud

Crown: Watson got CI$5.5M in CarePay fraud

| 23/01/2018 | 64 Comments

(CNS): Prosecutors are arguing that the former chair of the Health Services Authority, Canover Watson, personally benefited to the tune of more than CI$5.5 million as a result of his part in the fraud perpetrated against the hospital with his long-time friend and business partner, Jeff Webb. Watson was convicted on several charges in February […]

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Auditor general warns SAGCs are under strain

Auditor general warns SAGCs are under strain

| 23/01/2018 | 57 Comments

(CNS): Well over half of all statutory authorities and government companies that are managed as autonomous public sector entities are running at a loss and under considerable strain, the auditor general has warned. Sue Winspear said more than eight SACGs had ended the last five years with deficits in contravention of the Public Management and […]

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