Health ministry moves to reduce impact of nurse strike

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Ministry of Health says it is working to put measures in place to ensure that healthcare coverage continues with the least possible disruption in services in response to industrial action by registered nurses in hospitals across the island.

The ministry in a release today said it is coordinating with the Regional Health Authorities to manage coverage at the affected facilities.

“Seventy seven per cent of registered nurses slated to report to work for the morning shift were present at their respective duty stations in hospitals islandwide today,” the health ministry said.

The effect of the action saw the North East Regional Health Authority with 41 per cent followed by Western Regional Health Authority at 57 per cent, Southern Regional Health Authority -62 per cent and South East Regional Health Authority at 71 per cent.

The hospitals most affected will provide only emergency services, meaning that those facilities are not able to conduct elective surgeries due to the reduced nursing staff complement.

“We are assessing the situation to coordinate the most effective response and ensure that services and coverage continues despite reduced staffing,” said Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

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