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Health Ministry and JMDA meet this afternoon to repair damaged relationship

Published:Wednesday | May 6, 2015 | 1:53 PM

The Health Ministry and the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA) are to meet this afternoon as part of further attempts to repair their damaged relationship.

Rifts between the two became public last week after the JMDA highlighted unfavourable conditions in the health sector and called for action against the Permanent Secretary Dr. Kevin Harvey.

The union also withdrew from a taskforce and threatened industrial action if a contentious shift system is implemented for doctors.

JMDA president Dr. Alfred Dawes says the ministry invited his union to a meeting scheduled for five o’clock this afternoon.

He says the union is willing to consider rejoining the taskforce if there is a commitment to fairness.


JMDA president Dr. Alfred Dawes

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Health Minister Dr. Ferguson said he is looking forward to engaging with all groups in the health sector.

Yesterday, he announced in the House of Representatives that the government will not implement flexi work arrangements until the task force set up to deliberate on the matter completes its work.