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Nurse practitioners sign wage agreement with gov't

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2016 | 8:05 AM
The nurses signed the two-year heads of agreement yesterday and are set to receive a four per cent salary increase for year one and three per cent in year two.

Public-sector nurse practitioners are the latest group of healthcare professionals to sign a wage contract with the Government for the 2015/2017 period.

The nurses signed the two-year heads of agreement yesterday and are set to receive a four per cent salary increase for year one and three per cent in year two.

State minister in charge of the Public Service Rudyard Spencer, says the Government could not afford to give the nurses more, especially considering Jamaica's agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

Spencer is also lauding the National Workers Union (NWU) which lobbied on behalf of the nurse practitioners, for its tolerance and understanding of the issues the government is facing.

Meanwhile, NWU Vice President, Arthur Grant, says the new agreement will include provisions for education and training.

He says a grant of $1 million to facilitate training will provide continuous professional development for the island’s nurse practitioners.