‘My heart goes out to the family’: Holness says probe launched into death of pregnant woman who was refused hospital care

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that a probe has been launched into the circumstances under which a pregnant woman, Jodiann Fearon, was denied care at two hospitals before she died after giving birth.

“Minister Tufton has assured me that a thorough investigation of the matter has been undertaken, including a review of all established protocols in and between the public and private healthcare systems to identify any possible general system weaknesses or specific operational breakdowns in the handling of this case,” Holness said in a statement.

Jodiann Fearon

“We are aware that the COVID-19 epidemic is placing additional strain on our resources and increasingly complicating our response systems and daily lives, however, as a people, we must never allow the epidemic to cause us to lose sight of our humanity,” he added.

The prime minister said he has received a preliminary briefing from Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton on the tragic circumstances surrounding the death and that his heart goes out to her family and loved ones.

Holness offered all necessary support from the Government to Fearon’s family.