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NAJ says gov't's plan will not resolve issue of nurses leaving

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 10:10 AM

The Nurses' Association of Jamaica (NAJ) has indicated that a plan put forward by the Government to respond to the exodus of nurses from the island will not resolve that issue.

Yesterday, Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, said the Government is pursuing discussions with the United Kingdom that could see the two countries training and sharing nurses.

Tufton said registered nurses could get advanced practical training in the UK under the three-pronged proposal, which would also involve an exchange of nursing educators to expand specialist nursing in Jamaica.

Tufton said the third proposal involves the rotation of nurses on bond between the Jamaica and the UK or any other country that participates in the training exchanges.

However, president of the NAJ Janet Coore-Farr says these proposals do not address the issues which are causing nurses to leave.

She says the Government needs to focus on these issues even as it pursues options for expanding the pool of nurses.


President of the Nurses Asociation of Jamaica, Janet Coore-Farr.

The NAJ and the health minister are set to continue talks on the matter at a meeting today.