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Government-paid pharmacists threaten industrial action

Published:Monday | April 7, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Uncertainty remains high as government-paid pharmacists threaten industrial action because of reforms that take effect today.

The pharmacists are considered a part of the essential services and any disruption can have significant negative consequences on the health sector.

On Friday, the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) which represents the pharmacists, warned of a crisis if concerns about the transfer of its members from regional health authorities to the National Health Fund are not addressed.

Among its grouses, the union is claiming that one year contracts are being offered to pharmacists who had previously been permanently employed.

The BITU says it is appealing to health minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson and minister with responsibility for the public service, Horace Dalley for their urgent intervention.

However, up to late last night, the BITU’s organisation and communications officer, Collin Virgo, said there had been no response from either government minister.

Our News Centre has tried repeatedly to contact Dr Ferguson and Dalley but with no success.


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