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Nurses must taste bitter medicine too

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I was not very surprised to hear, on a newscast on Monday, May 14, 2012, the non-portfolio minister with reponsibility for the public service, Horace Dalley, saying that he and the nurses had a good meeting on Friday, May 11; and that the nurses "understand the position of 'their Government'", correcting himself to say 'the Government'.

Well, Jamaicans are not surprised to learn that the nurses, through their umbrella group, the Nurses' Association of Jamaica, see the present Government as 'their Government'. They have amply demonstrated this position by the antagonistic stance they employed at the negotiating table with the previous administration.

My only hope is that like all government workers, they are accorded the same treatment and get their fair dosage of the bitter medicine they would not take from the former administration. No special favours are to be given to the nurses by 'their Government'.