It takes a person of great character to admit to being wrong.
That’s just what Health Minister Anthony Eden did last week when he apologised to Shellesha Woodstock, her boyfriend and the public.
Shellesha was the young woman who showed up at the Cayman Hospital after her water broke and was told she should travel to Jamaica.
She boarded a Cayman Airways plane, which had to be diverted to Montego Bay because Ms Woodstock’s baby was born on the airplane.
A clinical audit found the hospital was in error when it told Ms Woodstock to fly to Jamaica.
Basically, the audit discovered that hospital staff paid more attention to Ms Woodstock’s financial state of affairs than to the clinical consequences of letting her travel to Jamaica.
It’s something most of us realised when it happened, but neither hospital staff nor the ministry would admit a mistake had been made.
Mr. Eden is to be commended for insisting on an independent audit of the situation to find out the root cause of the problems surrounding Ms Woodstock.
It would have been much easier for him to brush the matter aside and ignore the problem.
But he didn’t.
Now he vows that the Health Services Administration will learn from the mistakes made.
He is right.
It is now time to realise what went wrong, not dwell on it, but learn from it and put measures into place that will ensure the Shellesha Woodstock case isn’t repeated.
It is refreshing to know that someone with so much power and over such an important ministry can swallow his pride, call for an audit and admit failure.
It is our hope that anyone with power looks to Mr. Eden as an example of what good character looks like.
We also sincerely hope that those in control at the hospital do take this as an opportunity to do some self examination and come up with some policies and strategies to ensure plights such as Ms Woodstock’s don’t occur again.
There are many, many good doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital.
They do a great job day in and day out of caring for us when we find ourselves in need.
Let’s let this incident be a learning experience and move on.