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Kari Douglas apologises for Bustamante hospital incident

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica—People's National Party (PNP) CouncillorKari Douglas has apologised for a recent altercation between her a medical member of staff at the Bustamante Hospital for Children where she was seeking treatment for her child.

In a statement a short while ago Douglas said she recognizes her responsibility to show decorum and “exercise great restraint”.

“Councillor Douglas wishes tounreservedly apologizefor the aspect of her conduct where she entered the room where the medical practitioner was and stood in front of the door for a period of approximately a minute while demanding answers about the deteriorating condition of her child,” the statement from the councillor said.

Douglas however pointed out that the physical altercation with the member of staff was not initiated by her.

Douglas added that as a result she is “observing how the situation unfolds and reserves the right to press charges, if necessary”.

Her statement also addressed the earlier announcement from the PNP that it will be investigating the incident.

“The statement from the PNP is curious given that there are way more serious incidents involving party members which the party has not probed or chosen to issue a statement,” said Douglas, who isCouncillor for the Trafalgar Division in South East St Andrew.

According to Douglas, she is not surprised by the statement from the PNP leadership, given that some senior members of the One PNP campaign team actively agitated for publication of the initial story about the incident which contained several falsehoods.


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