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Medical Association intervenes in Doctors' Association, Harvey matter

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2015 | 5:12 PM

The Medical Association of Jamaica has intervened in the dispute that has developed between the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA) headed by Dr Alfred Dawes and the Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry Dr Kevin Harvey. 

Both men have traded claims in a growing issue over conditions of work in the health sector. 

In a statement this morning, the medical association said it hosted a meeting yesterday with Dr Harvey and Dr Dawes.

According to the association, the meeting was facilitated to encourage direct engagement and discussion on the urgent and critical issues facing the health care system in Jamaica at this time. 
 
The JMDA head had also called for sanctions against Dr Harvey. 

The statement from the medical association noted that discussions included the strengthening of the taskforce set up to oversee the contentious implementation of flexi-work arrangements for doctors.

The JMDA has threatened to take industrial action if the implementation goes ahead.

The Medical Association of Jamaica says it is giving both the leadership of the Ministry of Health and the JMDA time to further consider proposals made during yesterday's meeting.