Jamaica’s former Prime Minister undergoes surgery today

Jamaica’s former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson is undergoing surgery today, following a motor vehicle crash at his house in St Andrew.

A statement yesterday from The People’s National Party (PNP), which Mr Patterson used to lead, reported that the medical team attending to him determined that he suffered injuries to his right knee and right hip.

Mr Patterson was taken to the Tony Thwaites Wing at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) on Monday night, following the accident.

International: US first lady undergoes kidney surgery

US first lady Melania Trump underwent kidney surgery Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, DC, according to a statement from her office.

Trump had been experiencing an issue with her kidney that her office described as benign but requiring medical attention.

"This morning, first lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.

The procedure was successful, and there were no complications," the first lady's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement.

Maxie needs more surgery

A request has been made on costs for further surgery which Public Administration Minister Maxie Cuffie needs, says OPM spokesman Stuart Young.

Cuffie has been in the US for rehabilitation since last November after suffering a stroke last September and having surgery then.

Last week, he sought a month’s leave from Parliament. Young said the surgery he now requires is part of what’s normally required in his condition. He said Government had been approached on medical costs and had set a ceiling on what it was prepared to fund. He wasn’t sure of the ceiling.

Rambachan chides Health Minister over 4,000 cataract surgery wait list

UNC Member of Parliament for Tabaquite, Dr Suruj Rambachan says he is viewing with deep concern, the plight of over 4,000 persons now awaiting cataract surgery.

"It is inexcusable the failure of the Minister of Health to address the situation in a timely and compassionate manner," Dr Rambachan said in a statement on Wednesday.

Finance Minister has successful surgery for inflamed gall bladder

Finance MinisterColm Imbert has had a successful surgery to remove an inflamed gall bladder, a statement from the Ministry of Finance says.

The Ministry issued the following statement this morning.

"The Ministry of Finance wishes to confirm that on Monday December 28, 2015, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, underwent a medical procedure at the St. Clair Medical Centre, involving removal of an inflamed gall bladder, as a result of gallstones.