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PNP wants clarification on transport arrangements for nurses

Saturday, March 28, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— The People's National Party (PNP) shadow Minister of Health Dr Morais Guy is calling on the Ministry of Health and Wellness to immediately clarify the transportation arrangements for nurses and hospital workers who work late at night.

“We have received reports from some hospitals under the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) and South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) that nurses have been having transportation costs deducted from their general allowances if they use the buses provided by the state. In fact, at one institution where buses have been provided, these have been parked as staff are not using them for fear of being denied their contracted allowances. In this crisis, all efforts must be made to protect our workers who are working under very trying circumstances,” Guy said in a statement.

The opposition spokesperson said the safety and security of nurses cannot be guaranteed should the situation persist.

“The Ministry and the regional health authorities must immediately issue some clarity on this. It needs to be made clear that there will be no charge to the nurses and that their allowances will be maintained,” he said.

Guy also urged restraint from some taxi operators who have reportedly hiked their rates to hospital workers who, they have heard are all in receipt of these allowances.

“This is price gouging and the Transport Authority must ensure that this does not continue.Our health workers are providing a service to our nation as ourfront linedefence against this unprecedented health crisis. They must not be penalized by the state nor by taxi drivers for putting their own lives at risk to serve their country,” he added.

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