Officials Concern about Planned Protest in the Wake of Health Sector Gains

Thursday, November 5, 2015 10:17 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, November 5, 2015 - GIS: The Ministry of Health (MOH) is deeply concerned and is working on contingency plans to handle a planned protest by some Nurses and Doctors at the General Hospital.

The protest which will disrupt patient care and medical services at Hospitals and community health Facilities Island wide is planned for Friday, November 6th, 2015.

Permanent Secretary with responsibility for Hospital Services, Aaron Francois on Thursday, confirmed to the Government Information Service (GIS) that the information in relation to the protest was received by the Ministry.

Francois told GIS that the union has presented a number of concerns to the ministry, many of which have already been addressed.

Among the concerns already dealt with is the issue of vacancies at the hospital.

Only last month, the Government started solving this problem when cabinet approved the hiring of 13 nurses and other matters relating to staffing contracts and doctors are being remedied.

Meantime Chief Nursing Officer Nester Edward has listed a number of other nursing achievements which have been met.

They include the definite appointments of seven nursing assistants to registered nurses, two nursing assistants to the professional service, and one staff nurse, 20 registered nurse midwives appointed to district nurse and staff nurse positions.

Also, 26 staff nurses have been confirmed while a number of senior nurses are being recommended for appointments to the public service.

But despite those remarkable achievements some nurses have been pushing the union for industrial action.

However not all doctors and nurses are in favour of the planned protest.

A source close to the protest, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed opposition to industrial action at this time.

According to the source, the Union has given into the demands of the Doctors and Nurses and is bowing to pressure knowing fully well that the Ministry has met a lot of the demands.




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