Medical technologists at Jubilee, KPH off the job

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!

MEDICAL technologists employed at Victoria Jubilee and Kingston Public hospitals yesterday stayed off the job in protest against the appointment of Dr Michelle Hamilton to the post of National Laboratory Services director.

Hamilton, a news release from the Union of Technical, Administrative, and Supervisory Personnel said, assumed duties yesterday.

The release said that since 2014, medical technologists assigned to the National Public Health Laboratory, National Blood Transfusion Services, Emergency Labs, and Cross Match Units at the hospitals have written to the past director of laboratory services, director of human resource at the Ministry of Health (MOH), and permanent secretary in the MOH complaining about issues relating to Dr Hamilton.

The release said that none of the complaints has been resolved by the health ministry or the past director of the laboratory.

“The appointment of Dr Hamilton to the post of director of laboratory services without the resolution of one of the several complaints has prompted the medical technologists to embark on protest action.

“The medical technologists are demanding that the MOH resolve the plethora of issues involving Dr Hamilton before consideration be given to her installation to the post of director of laboratory services,” the release read.

Medical technologists, also known as clinical laboratory technologists, perform and analyse the results of complex scientific tests on blood and bodily fluids. These highly trained professionals work in hospitals and independent laboratories using sophisticated procedures and equipment.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon