Doctors call for consultation, delay in implementing flexi-week policy

Doctors call for consultation, delay in implementing flexi-week policy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association (JMDA) has expressed concern over the Health Ministry’s decision to implement the flexi-week arrangement in the health sector starting April 1, 2015.

JMDA says that while it "is not opposed to the additional staff and the subsequent benefits to the patients who seek medical attention in the public health system, we believe that such a change should not be implemented without the input of all the stakeholders".

The association explained in a release Wednesday that based on previous experience, "the Ministry's hurried implementation of health care policies has had adverse consequences on the delivery of health care.

"The health sector has several deficiencies that need to be addressed urgently and we welcome the present administration's efforts at doing so," it added.

JMDA posits that consultations with stakeholders will only strengthen the proposed policy and lead to an overall improvement in the services provided at public health facilities.

The association further called on the ministries of Health and Finance to delay the implementation of the flexi-week until they meet with stakeholders to determine how best to implement the changes.

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