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'Court action against health sector reclassification won’t derail process'

Published:Monday | June 10, 2013 | 9:53 AM

The Government says an impending judicial review of its $7-billion reclassification of the public health sector will not disrupt its implementation or the programme with the International Monetary Fund.



On Friday, the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA) which represents junior doctors, said the Judicial Review has been set for October 14-18.



In a memo sent to its members, the JMDA said the court action resulted from the Government's refusal to accept proposals.



However, the minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Horace Dalley says the move by the doctors will not stop the reclassification which took effect on April 1.



However, he says the doctors are pursuing the court action despite the expected establishment of an appeals tribunal later this month.



However, the medical doctors have argued that the appeals tribunal will not be able to address their major concerns.



Notwithstanding Dalley says the Government is still willing to have further dialogue with the doctors.



Seven billion dollars has been budgeted over three years, for the implementation of the reclassification exercise.



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