Thursday 22 August, 2019

Recovering Minister needs more surgery

Public Administration and Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie is expected to undergo a further medical procedure, but this time, he may have to foot the bill himself.

Cuffie has been in recovery undergoing therapy since suffering a ‘medical episode’ last September.

Government intervened providing a total of $2.5 million to cover the Minister’s medical expenses, which included hospitalisation costs incurred at the St Clair Medical and abroad, and the use of an air ambulance.

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Responding to questions from reporters at Thursday’s Post Cabinet media briefing, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young said there is surgery that still needs to be performed.

“I have been in contact directly with Minister Cuffie’s wife and he does require additional surgery. There is some surgery that needs to be performed that is the normal part of what is required.”

Young indicated that there was a ceiling up to which the government intends to foot and ‘is the ceiling as it currently stands’.

He could not say, however, what the costs have so far reached.

“A request has been made,” he said.

Speaking in Parliament four weeks ago, the Prime Minister said Cuffie has ‘made considerable progress’ and is likely to return to office ‘in the not too distant future’.

 

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