Former Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson has died. She was 66 years old.
Robinson had been missing in action from work, Parliament and social engagements for some time.
She was fighting lung cancer and had been in and out of hospital since 2018.
The member of parliament, who is originally from Claremont in St Ann South Eastern, represented the St Ann North Eastern constituency.
MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson was said to be seriously ill, a Jamaica Observer source confirmed just two years ago.

“She was very very ill and I can only hope that she will make it,” a close friend and associate of the minister told the Observer last night. “She has been in and out of Cabinet meetings, and it is well known that she has not been well and has been fighting her illness for some time,”.

Shahine Robinson Shahine Elizabeth Fakhourie Robinson was a Jamaica Labour Party politician who also served as the Minister of Labour and Social Security. She was a member of Parliament of Jamaica for North East Saint Ann. She served briefly as the Transport and Works Minister from late November 2011 to January 2012.

Jodian Fearon’s mother still hurting after her death

Portia Haughton (left) is pictured with daughters Jodian Fearon (second left), Shanice Lloyd, and husband Orrett following Fearon’s graduation ceremony at The University of the West Indies last November. Fearon died after being denied access to health care in April.


SHATTERED by the death of her youngest daughter a month ago after she was denied access to health care at several of the island’s major hospitals, Portia Haughton wants legislation in place to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.
Her call comes a day before her expected release from quarantine, a process which began on May 13 when she arrived in the island from New York — the then epicentre of the United States’s novel coronavirus outbreak.

It has been the most trying period in her life, she told the Jamaica Observer in an interview yesterday.

Her tears are never-ending and comfort eludes her, but once released Haughton said that she will attempt to pick up the pieces of her family’s broken world — caused by 23-year-old Jodian Fearon’s untimely demise — through advocacy and a fight for justice.

“I’m hoping what happened to my daughter will bring about legislative changes to the hospital system, because there’s no possible way four hospitals should have denied a pregnant mother treatment. You cannot have a society like that and it doesn’t matter the circumstances; she died because she didn’t get care,” Haughton stated.