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On Sun­day July 9, 2017 a pa­tient brought in from the Borde­lais Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity ab­sconded briefly while ad­mit­ted at St Jude Hospi­tal. This in­ci­dent high­lights a long­stand­ing con­cern at St Jude Hospi­tal re­gard­ing the level of se­cu­rity sur­round­ing pris­on­ers who visit the in­sti­tu­tion to ac­cess med­i­cal ser­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to med­i­cal staff at the hospi­tal, there have been other in­ci­dents in the past where pris­on­ers brought to the hospi­tal for clin­i­cal ser­vices or ad­mit­ted to the wards have at­tempted to, or ab­sconded al­to­gether.

It is against this back­drop that the Board of Di­rec­tors and Man­age­ment of St Jude Hospi­tal ex­press their con­cern about the level of se­cu­rity pro­vided for pris­oner pa­tients ar­riv­ing at the in­sti­tu­tion from the Borde­lais Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity and other po­lice sta­tions. This lat­est in­ci­dent brings to the fore the need to re­view and strengthen se­cu­rity mea­sures for the hospi­tal.

“St Jude Hospi­tal is com­mit­ted to treat­ing ev­ery pa­tient with the same level of re­spect and dig­nity, ir­re­spec­tive of their back­ground,” a state­ment from the hospi­tal read. “The in­sti­tu­tion also has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the safety and se­cu­rity of other pa­tients, the pub­lic and its staff.

Fa­cil­i­ta­tors at the hospi­tal be­lieve that clear se­cu­rity mea­sures must be im­ple­mented to guard pris­on­ers who are ad­mit­ted to the hospi­tal or those who re­port for out­pa­tient clin­i­cal ser­vices, in an ef­fort to en­sure the safety of other pa­tients, staff and vis­i­tors to the hospi­tal.

“It is timely at this junc­ture that ap­pro­pri­ate and proac­tive mea­sures be em­ployed to safe­guard the sec­ond largest health care in­sti­tu­tion in our na­tion so as to off­set in­ci­dents which may com­pro­mise the safety and se­cu­rity of hospi­tal clients and our staff,” the state­ment con­cluded.

The hospi­tal’s Board and Man­age­ment will be seek­ing to en­gage the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties with the ob­jec­tives of dis­cussing and agree­ing to en­hanced se­cu­rity mea­sures at St Jude Hospi­tal.

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