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Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.

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$80k doctors had ‘generous’ offer

AS he pointed to the use of taxpayer dollars to fund tuition costs of young doctors, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands suggested the Bahamas Doctors Union’s strike vote had gone against the expectations of Bahamians who will inevitably suffer inconvenience from any form of industrial action BDU might stage.

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Consumers eating romaine lettuce and turkey ‘are taking a gamble’

HEALTH Minister Duane Sands yesterday warned that consumers who continue to eat romaine lettuce and turkey products in spite of officials’ recent caution against these food items are taking a “gamble” and making an “ill-informed” decision.

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Corey Newbold ward set for patients ‘this week’

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday patients will be able to occupy the Corey Newbold ward “as early as this week.”

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Govt 'can't support training 65 UWI physicians'

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands has suggested the government will not be able to support training for some 65 first year medical students enrolled at the University of the West Indies this year.

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Sands: Driving revenue key to solving crisis

THE lack of available funding at the Princess Margaret Hospital has sparked an ongoing crisis in its Dialysis Unit and officials think the solution to satisfying the deficit is in creating a business centre that centralises payments and fees, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.

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Govt to cap number of subventions for UWI medical students

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands has confirmed that the government will be capping the number of subventions allocated to medical students at the University of the West Indies to 25, noting this number is the “historic norm” that has increased “outside of policy” over recent years.

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Sands pledge: We'll fix troubles at clinic

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands was adamant yesterday that all was being done to correct issues at the Blue Hill Road Clinic, after it was claimed the facility was being run on “limited resources.”Sources at the health facility contacted The Tribune y

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Poisoned conch - just one case last week

MINISTER of Health Dr Duane Sands yesterday pointed to a dramatic decrease in the number of conch poisoning cases - with just one reported last week.

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$3 a patient - truth of hospital bills crisis

THE Princess Margaret Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department collected less than $200,000 in revenue for services provided in 2017, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands, who said the figure amounted to an average bill of just $3 per patient.

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Nation to host two marijuana conferences

THE Ministry of Health has given formal approval for two medical marijuana conferences to be hosted in the country, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed yesterday.The medical marijuana conferences are being organised separately by Dr Lynwood Brow

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Safety belts and texting warning after traffic deaths

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said the recent trend in traffic fatalities has raised public health concerns regarding how drivers practice road safety.His comments came hours after a motorcyclist in New Providence died in a traffic accident on Tuesd

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Fees revolution to help fund $50m health deficit

Health officials will meet today to decide on the implementation of up to 500 fees at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) as they seek to narrow a $50m funding shortfall.

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Sands: Don’t spend a fortune training too many doctors for not enough vacancies

HUNDREDS of qualified doctors in Trinidad & Tobago face unemployment in what Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says is a case of “piss-poor planning” - the kind The Bahamas has also been guilty of over the years.

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Conch poisoning cases keep on rising

CONFIRMED cases of conch poisoning continue to climb, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands, who said the tally stood at 17 yesterday.

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Medical marijuana conference to be held this year

A MEDICAL marijuana conference is tentatively set for this autumn with an endorsement from the Ministry of Health.Dr Lynwood Brown, a member of the non-profit group, Bahamas Cannabis Initiative (BCI), told The Tribune plans to bring experts and indus

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Ten cases of conch poisoning confirmed

THERE are now ten confirmed cases of conch poisoning, Health Minister Duane Sands told The Tribune yesterday.

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Sands disappointed at 'bias' in report

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday attacked the scientific credibility of CARICOM’s report on marijuana, expressing disappointment over its methodology and “intrinsic bias”.Dr Sands’ critique follows Bishop Simeon Hall’s suggestion that opposit

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Conch poisonings spark warning

THERE have been four confirmed cases of conch poisoning and as many as six unconfirmed cases, Health Minister Duane Sands announced yesterday.


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