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Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands.

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Sands: No risk from unaccredited pharmacists

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said the public faced no significant risk from people who were employed as pharmacists despite not being educated at an accredited institution. The Pharmacy Council in 2017 refused to renew licences for people who had

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Carnival to help fund Rand rebuild

THE Ministry of Health and The Public Hospitals Authority signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with Carnival Corporation & PLC to support the restoration of the Rand Memorial Hospital following Hurricane Dorian.

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Bahamas NOT on Ebola 'high alert'

THE Bahamas is not on “high alert” for the Ebola virus.

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Sands dismisses fears over lack of doctors on Abaco

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday dismissed the claims of a humanitarian worker who criticised the government and the Ministry of Health for a lack of resources in Abaco. On Monday, humanitarian worker Burke Bryant posted on Facebook that he

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Child patients hit by drug shortage

THE worldwide shortage of the drug vincristine, which is used to treat cancer among children and teens, had an impact on local treatment, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Dr Sands hopes to reduce nurses waiting time for placements

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands hopes he can reduce the waiting time for getting nurses placed through the health care system “to as little as two months.”Last month, Dr Sands told reporters that post-Hurricane Dorian, some 70 registered nurses were w

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Healthcare suffers $90m ‘massive blow’ in Dorian

A Cabinet minister yesterday revealed that Hurricane Dorian was estimated to have inflicted $90m worth of damage on the public healthcare infrastructure, describing it as “a massive blow”.

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Sands says process of placing nurses is slow

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday that there have been some outstanding challenges in getting nurses processed through the public health care system. Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet yesterday, Dr Sands said post-Hurricane Dorian, s

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25 autopsies carried out so far after Dorian

OF the 51 official casualties of deadly Hurricane Dorian, autopsies have been carried out on about 25 Abaco victims thus far, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed yesterday.

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Senior medics beg Sands 'end it now'

SENIOR doctors pleaded with Health Minister Dr Duane Sands during a hastily arranged meeting last night to quickly resolve its dispute with junior doctors because of what the group’s leader called an “unprecedented crisis” at public healthcare facilities.

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Sears in threat to sue Sands

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands has been told to apologise for comments he recently made about Bahamas and Power and Light’s former board or face a defamation lawsuit.

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Hospital sabotage in hands of police

AS Princess Margaret Hospital grapples with rescheduling more than 50 non-emergency surgeries that were cancelled over sabotage suspicions connected to the facility’s chilling system, officials plan to follow through with prosecution if recommended by police.

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Sixth suicide highlights mental health challenges

IN the wake of the sixth suspected suicide of the year, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said the challenges surrounding mental health and depression is “very real”. Speaking to reporters at Cabinet, Dr Sands said Bahamians don’t take suicide seriousl

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$1.8m contracts signed for PMH

CONTRACTS worth nearly $1.8m were signed yesterday for work at Princess Margaret Hospital to correct damage caused by periods of “neglect” of hospital equipment and infrastructure.One agreement will allow for a complete turnkey service to supply, ins

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UPDATED – Dr Sands: None of the 17 injured in party shooting have died

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said none of the 17 people injured during a shooting incident early this morning at Montel Heights have died.

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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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