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Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands.

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Public health deficit slashed to $18m-$25m

The public health sector’s financial deficit has been cut to $18m-$25m, a Cabinet minister said yesterday, with National Health Insurance’s (NHI) expansion “a matter of timing”.

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Minister says junior doctor contract cuts only in 'isolated incidents'

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday denied junior doctors are having their contracts cut from three years to one year, instead maintaining this is occurring only in “isolated incidents”.

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Sands repeats his call for people to get vaccinations against measles

MINISTER of Health Dr Duane Sands has repeated his call for Bahamians to get up to date on vaccinations in the face of a worldwide measles outbreak.

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PLP support for marijuana is ‘political pandering’

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands says he finds it “surprising” the tongues of the Official Opposition are suddenly unfettered to advocate for the decriminalisation of recreational marijuana.

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Sands sets nurses as top priority

MINISTER of Health Dr Duane Sands has pledged improved conditions for nurses will be a top priority item for the Ministry of Health’s upcoming budget, as the country fights to keep its nurses at home.

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Sands defends care for Bimini victim

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday defended the efforts made to save Alain Perez’s life after he was shot in Bimini over the weekend amid allegations by a friend of the victim that “inaction” by Bahamian officials and an “under-equipped” clinic contributed to his death.

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More money planned to buy ambulances

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday there are plans to request money for more ambulances when his ministry submits its financial needs to the government for consideration in the new budget.

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NHI ‘ready’ for new Cabinet go

The Minister of Health is confident the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme is “ready” for resubmission to the Cabinet, saying: “Most of the heavy lifting has been done.”

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‘We can’t afford nurses’ overtime’

AS the Public Hospitals Authority has found itself saddled with high overtime bills - at one time climbing to $750,000 in just one month - Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said the controversial shift system for nurses has been a vexing issue.

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Vaccinations get off to a slow start

MORE than 100 people have been given the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination in recent weeks, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Sands stays silent as PLP contacts CARICOM

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday appeared unconcerned over reports the Official Opposition has written to CARICOM regarding the controversy surrounding the trial of former PLP Senator Frank Smith.

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‘WORLD’S BEST’ IN BID TO HELP PMH: Sands ‘excited’ by talks with Johns Hopkins

JOHNS Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s top medical institutions, has expressed interest in exploring the merits of a strategic “Nation Health Services Agreement” with the Bahamas government to create a Caribbean Centre of Excellence to transform the delivery of healthcare in our nation, said Health Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday.

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Survival rate shock for kids cancers

THE Bahamas faces a massive uphill battle to improve survival rates for children with cancer and other auto-immune diseases.

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Sands confirms case of measles in four-year-old tourist

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed the case of measles in the four-year-old tourist yesterday. He said the timeline of travel and illness onset strongly suggest the child’s exposure to measles occurred prior to his arrival in The Bahamas.

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I'll discuss Dames and Sands on Friday, says PM

Dr Hubert Minnis said he will address public calls for the removal of two Cabinet ministers involvedin the Frank Smith bribery and extortion trial tomorrow.

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Vaccination act no longer tough enough, says Sands

THE penalty for failing to have a child vaccinated is $4, according to the 159-year-old Vaccination Act of 1860.

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NHI’s $130m price tag ‘just govt's exposure’

The Minister of Health has confirmed that the much-touted $100m-$130m price tag for National Health Insurance (NHI) only covers “the government’s exposure” to the scheme.

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Primary school hit with scabies

THE Sybil Strachan Primary School on Carmichael Road will be closed to students today after it was confirmed some two dozen students there were infected with scabies.

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Uncertainty over $130m NHI cost

The National Health Insurance Authority’s (NHIA) defence of the scheme’s $130m price tag yesterday raised more questions than answers, with even a Cabinet minister admitting it needed “clarification”.

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UPDATED: Frank Smith acquitted of all charges

FORMER PLP Senator Frank Smith was acquitted of all charges in his bribery and extortion trial on Friday, after the chief magistrate found that a case had not been made against him sufficiently to require her to compel him to answer to the allegations.

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NEW HEALTH TAX CUT AFTER REVIEW: Workers to now pay 1.5% towards insurance scheme

THE National Health Insurance Authority has shaved down its proposed salary tax to fund universal healthcare by a half percent in its updated policy paper on the contributory scheme.

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