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Task force looking at health sector flexi-work arrangements

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2015 | 3:44 AM

The Ministry of Health has established a task force to manage the introduction of flexi-work arrangements in the health sector.

The task force comprises groups representing health care workers.

President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, Dr Alfred Dawes, says the group is tasked with, among other things, developing ways to cut the long wait time at clinics and hospitals.

It is understood that the health ministry wants to increase clinic and surgery hours.

There have been ongoing complaints by members of the public about long delays to be seen by a doctor in the public health sector.

And concerns have been expressed that persons in need of surgery are being put on a waiting lists for two to three years.

Dawes says the groups on the taskforce met recently and proposals were submitted.

He says the discussions are continuing.

Doctors in the public sector had said they were informed that the health ministry has planned to introduce flexi-work arrangements in the health sector by April 1.

However, the ministry has denied the claim.