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Nurses and government to meet this afternoon as sick-out continues

Published:Friday | November 24, 2017 | 11:26 AM

A meeting has been scheduled for this afternoon to discuss the situation that has triggered an islandwide sick-out by nurses.

President of the Nurses' Association of Jamaica, Carmen Johnson, says the meeting is set for the Ministry of Labour at 12:30.

 

Since yesterday, services have been reduced to emergencies only at many of the island's healthcare facilities as nurses stay off the job.

The nurses are reportedly upset over government's six per cent wage offer over two years, as well as a freeze in benefits and allowances over the period.

Johnson says nurses are still off the job today.

 

President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, Carmen Johnson

Meanwhile, Senior Medical Officer at the Princess Margaret Hospital in St Thomas, Dr Cecil Morgan, says the shortage of nurses has started to affect care in the maternity ward and maternity clinic at the hospital.

Morgan says other wards are also being affected, but the hospital is using contingencies to cope.

He says outpatient services have been reduced to emergencies only.