The North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), chaired by the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Tyrone Robinson, has not been able to account for more than half-million dollars in excess donation received from Petrojam to buy an incubator for the Annotto Bay Hospital, the Integrity Commission has found.
In a report released yesterday, the commission said a request, dated March 30, 2017, and signed by Robinson, was made to Petrojam for $1.2 million to help buy the equipment for the paediatric ward of the St Mary-based institution.
The document, titled 'North East Health Authority Procurement Department – Approval Form', indicated that on March 17, 2017, NERHA received a quotation from Medical Link Limited for the cost of an incubator at $578,290.
However, NERHA’s Regional Director, Fabia Lamm, told commission investigators that the incubator was bought at the price quoted by Medical Link, the successful bidder in a tender process used by the health authority.
Meanwhile, in its push to determine whether there were instances of conflict of interest, nepotism, favouritism, and cronyism in the approval of donations, the commission noted a relationship among Dr Andrew Wheatley, the sacked energy minister who had responsibility for Petrojam, Robinson, and Creary.