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Head of the Cabinet-appointed Committee to investigate COVID-19 treatment within the Parallel Healthcare System and Patient Outcomes, Professor Terence Seemungal, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, the UWI.

The COVID-19 review committee, appointed by the Prime Minister, has requested and received a three-week extension to produce a study evaluating the operations of the COVID-19 facilities in light of public criticism.

Headed by the University of the West Indies’ Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Professor Terence Seemungal, the committee was initially given a one-week deadline.

However, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said yesterday that the team needed more time.

“They have written asking for an extension in time. I have sent it upstream to the honourable Prime Minister and the Honourable Prime Minister has agreed that the study will take a one-month period,” he said.

Deyalsingh was unable to say why the committee needed the extra time when asked by Guardian Media.

“Professor Seemungal requested an extension of three weeks. We at the Ministry of Health are not micro-managing the issue. It has to be a fair, transparent, independent issue. I did not ask for details as to why but I would imagine he wants to do a thorough investigation and he is acting independently of the Ministry of Health,” he said.

The members of the committee are the former dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences Prof Emerita Phyllis Pitt-Miller, public health specialist Dr Anton Cumberbatch, consultant anaesthetist and intensive care specialist Dr Vidya Dean and Director of the Caribbean Centre for Health Systems, Research and Development, Faculty of Medical Sciences Prof Donald Simeon. (Rishard Khan)