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Nurses 'sick out' numbers could increase today

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 9:15 AM
The Princess Margaret Hospital in St Thomas.

The Nurses Association of Jamaica says it expects more of its members to stay away from work today as the health sector continues to struggle to cope without the critical health workers.

The nurses have called in sick in protest of the drawn out process to get money owed by the government under a 2013 reclassification exercise.

President of the NAJ Janet Farr says the association has rejected a commitment by the government to pay the retroactive sums in February next year.

She says in June, Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Horace Dalley, said the money was available.

The NAJ President says nurses are willing to change the October deadline.

However, Farr says they must get their money this year.


President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, NAJ, Janet Farr

Yesterday, the Health Ministry activated its emergency protocols in response to high levels of absenteeism by registered nurses in the public sector.

Several health institutions have reported that their activities have been severely affected by the sickout.