Government debunks claims made by CMO Dr. Patrick Martin of stem cell project at JNF Hospital

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Minister of State with Responsibility for Health, the Honourable Wendy Phipps, has dismissed claims made by Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Patrick Martin that he was sent forthwith on vacation leave because he objected to a stem cell project presently underway at the Joseph Nathaniel France (JNF) Hospital that had not received the requisite approval from the St. Kitts and Nevis Medical Board.

However, Minister Phipps said in a nationalized address broadcast on ZIZ Television on June 23, that there is no stem cell project being carried out at the JNF Hospital and that the research project presently underway at the hospital has received wide-spread support and is part and parcel of two new business ventures in the area of Regenerative Medicine that were approved by Cabinet within the past six (6) months.“Government has given approval to a research project involving the use of plasma-based infusion therapies, to a limited number of overseas patients. The project, as approved, will not extend to any residents of St. Kitts and Nevis. It is a Phase 2-staged Clinical Trial of a research initiative that has already received US-Food & Drug Administration (FDA) level one approval, said Minister Phipps.



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