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Nurses urge government to intensify burden reducing efforts

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2015 | 12:50 PM

The Nurses’ Association of Jamaica (NAJ) is urging the government to intensify its programme aimed at reducing the burden being placed on hospitals because many Jamaicans do not want to visit health centres for cases not considered serious. 

NAJ president, Janet Farr, made the comment in reaction to yesterday’s release of the audit of the regional health authorities which pointed to a host of problems plaguing Jamaica’s healthcare system.

She says many people are turning up at hospitals with cases such as flu and for blood pressure checks, that could be addressed at health centres.

Farr says as a result, some health centres are underused while hospitals are being forced to focus on less serious cases.


President of the Nurses’ Association of Jamaica, Janet Farr

In January, the Cabinet approved the Primary Health Care Renewal Policy that's expected to underpin the Government’s prioritization of primary health care development and delivery at community health centres.