Alleged illegal sterilisation of mother shocks inquiry team

A mother is alleged to have been illegally sterilised while giving birth at Jamestown Hospital, the Wass Inquiry reveals. It says she was delivering her child by Caesarean section when she was sterilised “without her prior knowledge or consent” by the doctor looking after her. “This is a shocking allegation which, if true, would constitute […]

Don’t cast aside ‘family’ of carers in Cape Town, officials urged

Officials have been urged to continue sending medical patients for treatment in Cape Town when the island’s ship is replaced with flights into Johannesburg. Legislative councillors heard that the “family” of people who support Saint patients in South Africa must not be cast aside. “The electorate is really concerned about the likelihood of medical referral […]

St Helena needs ‘new hospital and new health service,’ says Ian

Health leaders have been given six months to make a case for building a new hospital on St Helena. But Ian Rummery, chairman of the island’s public health committee, has called for wholesale reform. “The case we have to make is not just about a new hospital – it is about a new health service.” […]

Island ‘could not cope’ with plane crash, warns medic

Medical teams on St Helena would struggle to cope with a major accident at the island’s new airport, a visiting doctor has warned. Dr Ahmad Risk, who has been qualified for 40 years, has acted as a healthcare consultant as well as working as a civilian and military doctor, in the UK and internationally. He […]

The Risk Assessment: hospital team does ‘an amazing job’

Staff at the hospital on St Helena have been praised for the way they cope with challenging working conditions, by departing medic Dr Ahmad Risk. He told Saint FM: “The front line staff – the doctors and nurses – do an amazing job under what I regard as very difficult conditions. “Medical care is a […]