Doctors plan strike action
A possible crisis is looming in the health sector as medical doctors plan to strike as they demand that the government scrap its proposal to introduce flexi-work arrangements in the health sector.
The new work arrangements are expected to come into effect on July 1.
However, President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA) Dr Alfred Dawes says doctors do not agree with the changes.
A task force comprising health sector workers was established to look at the flexi-work agreement and submit a proposal.
However, Dawes says the recommendations of the JMDA were ignored.
Dawes says if the government does not reconsider, doctors will now stay away from regular duties and will only provide emergency care.
He is appealing to members of the public for patience over the coming days.
The JMDA has called a press conference for 2 p.m. today to outline its grouses and detail its plan of action.
The government has indicated that it wants to introduce flexi-work arrangements to help cut delays, long waiting hours, lengthy appointments for surgeries, among other things.
However, Dawes says these objectives will not be achieved if there is no improvement in the resources in the public health system.