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Medical Association says more reviews needed before flexi-work implementation

Published:Monday | May 4, 2015 | 2:08 PM

The Medical Association of Jamaica says more reviews are required before the implementation of the flexi-work arrangements in the health sector.

Last Friday, the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association (JMDA) the union representing hundreds of doctors, threatened to strike if the proposal is not scrapped.

There are reports that the new work arrangements will come into effect on July 1.

President of the Medical Association of Jamaica, Dr Shane Alexis, says the shift system is already in use in some areas of the health sector. 

However, he says given the possible implications, a full review of the current system must take place before anything new is introduced. 


President of the Medical Association of Jamaica, Dr. Shane Alexis

JMDA president Dr Alfred Dawes has suggested that the salaries of doctors would be slashed by up to 60 per cent, after five consecutive years of wage freeze.

However, he stresses that the issue was not about a pay cut.

He said the seeming notion of employing more doctors and doing what he calls patch work on the ailing health public health system would not solve the problems affecting the system.