Health Ministry – San Fernando CT scan problem “inherited”
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Health Ministry – San Fernando CT scan problem “inherited”

Health Ministry – San Fernando CT scan problem “inherited”

The Health Ministry says steps are being taken to address the long wait times for CT scans, a problem it insists was “inherited”.

Yesterday, Opposition MP Dr Suruj Rambachan blasted the Government, saying it was “totally unacceptable” that the CT Scanner at the San Fernando Hospital has been non-functional for six months.

The Ministry admitted to ongoing technical problems, and says while a final solution will take additional time, short term measures will be implemented, including the prioritizing of patients based on urgency.

The Ministry says there are two CT scanners at the San Fernando Hospital – a 64-slice scanner and a 16-slice scanner.

The 16-slice scanner is functional, however it says the 64-slice CT scanner is experiencing problems dating back to 2010.

The Ministry claims after the scanner was first received in May 2010, it was warehoused for almost two years in less than ideal conditions, which led to its warranty being voided.

It adds that the machine was only officially handed over to the SWHRA in April 2013.

Since then, it claims the scanner has never been fully functional.

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June 19th, 2017

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