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Address issues affecting nurses instead of just recruiting overseas – NAJ head

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2017 | 4:21 PM

The head of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) says its time the government focus on finding ways to resolve the issues leading to nurses leaving Jamaica instead of recruiting from overseas to fill the gap.

Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM this morning, NAJ head, Janet Coore-Farr, said she has no problem with nurses from overseas coming to Jamaica to work.

However, she says recruitment from overseas does nothing to address the underlying problems which date back to the 1980s.

Coore-Farr says she is now frustrated with the Government’s continued lack of will to improve the condition of work for nurses.


NAJ head, Janet Coore-Farr

The Ministry of Health says its fast-tracking the recruitment of critical care nurses from overseas to help stem the shortage of local nurses who continue to leave the public health system in significant numbers.

It says 112 nurses are coming in February, of which 47 are critical care nurses.

Last week, Chairman of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), James Moss-Solomon, revealed that major surgeries at the hospital have been cancelled due, in part, to the chronic shortage of specialist critical care nurses.

Moss-Solomon told a monthly meeting of the Lions Club of Kingston that the recruitment of these nurses in droves by overseas entities is a major problem for the UHWI, which is a medical training hospital.