A staff member at San Fernando General Hospital, not a stranger, is likely responsible for the theft of the portable ultrasound machine that went missing almost one month ago.
Chief executive officer of the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA), Anil Gosine, said yesterday such a machine, purchased at a cost of $350,000, would not be taken to be used domestically.
“It is highly likely that a member of staff could have been part of the group, or the person who stole the equipment. I don’t want to pinpoint any professional staff.”
Gosine said the machine may be used by “a low-ranking medical institution”.
“I don’t expect a high-level accredited institution to do that (steal the machine). But it does not stop the police from checking any and everybody,” he added.
The police are conducting thorough searches to find the machine before the hospital can purchase another one, he said.
He said the procurement process approved by the SWRHA for ultrasound machines began before this one was stolen, and tenders should be sent out soon.
If necessary, a separate procurement process will have to be undertaken for the purchase of a new machine to replace the one stolen, Gosine said.
The cost of a new machine should be about $450,000.
Last week, Gosine confirmed the machine was stolen because the hospital’s alarm system was disabled.
Upgrades to the hospital’s security system are being done on a continuous basis, he said.