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SERHA health workers back on the job

Published:Friday | October 3, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Administrative workers in the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) are to resume their duties today after two days of protests.



The workers, who are spread across St Thomas and Kingston and St Andrew, withdrew their services on Wednesday over what they claimed to be longstanding grouses.



They were upset about the lack of stationery to do their work effectively and the slow remittance of salary deductions.



The Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP), which represents the workers, says there are unresolved issues surrounding the employment of contract workers.



General Secretary of UTASP, St Patrice Ennis, says yesterday's meeting with SERHA and Health Ministry officials ended with a resolution for most of the issues.



Ennis says SERHA has agreed with the union that persons working in the region for more than five years should not be on contract.



He says it was determined that the issue will go to the SERHA board and the health minister for a final decision.



The protest resulted in patients waiting for hours before being registered at affected hospitals.



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