RNs - Jamaica

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Nurses to meet health minister today

Go Jamaica, August 10, 2010 In just under an hour the island’s public sector nurses will meet with the health minister Ruddy Spencer and finance ministry officials in a bid to avert possible disruptions in the health sector. The health minister has called the meeting for 1 o’clock. It comes days after the Nurses’ Association of Jamaica, NAJ, indicated it would be resuming its public education campaign to press the Government to settle on outstanding payments. The protest actions were expected to start yesterday, but were put on hold after the nurses were invited to the meeting. ... Nurses

Nurses Association of Jamaica wants supervisory post to stay

Gleaner, July 6, 2010 The Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) is appealing to the South East Regional Health Authority to postpone the transfer of the post of regional nursing supervisor. NAJ President, Edith Allwood-Anderson, says the association has received information that the post, which currently exists at the Kingston and Saint Andrew Health Department, is to be moved to the Regional Health Authority. According to Allwood-Anderson, the NAJ was not told about the transfer. She’s also concerned that in moving the post, public health nurses in Kingston and Saint Andrew will be left unsupervised. ... Nurses

NAJ lauds nurses' performance during 'Dudus' unrest

Paul Henry, Jamaica Observer, July 5, 2010 Edith Allwood-Anderson, head of the Nurses' Association of Jamaica (NAJ), on Saturday lauded nurses for "outstanding performance" of duties during the West Kingston unrest in May, which claimed the lives of more than 70 persons. Nurses at the Spanish Town Hospital in Saint Catherine came in for special commendation, but more so those at the Kingston Public Hospital, located close to the raging three-day gun fight between members of the security forces and gunmen loyal to former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. ... NAJ

Nurses wage issue goes back to the negotiation table

Radio Jamaica, April 9, 2010 Discussions regarding salaries for the country's registered nurses are to continue at the Ministry of Finance next week. Representatives of the Nurses Association of Jamaica and the Ministry of Labour met on Friday and agreed on the decision. However, while endorsing the decision to resume negotiations, Pearnel Charles, Minister of Labour, emphasized that these discussions must be conducted within a framework of normality within the health sector. A decision was also made for the parties to meet again at the Ministry of Labour at a later date. Since late last week, scores of registered nurses have been staying off the job ... Nurses

Nurses continue silent protest

Radio Jamaica, April 7, 2010 The country's registered nurses appear to have taken their silent protest over wages to a new level with increased absenteeism evident at a least one Corporate Area hospital. The nurses are upset over what they have termed government's refusal to implement a reclassification exercise. Patients at one of the facilities were feeling the pressure from the nurses' action. RJR News visited the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) but the facility's management would not say how many nurses had not reported for duty. ... Nurses

Nurses' sick out sparks concern

Jamaica Observer, April 7, 2010 Concerned by its unresolved dispute with the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), which led to scores of nurses staging a sick out today and yesterday, the Ministry of Labour says that it is now taking action to prevent further hardship to members of the public in need of medical care. The ministry said that approximately 45 per cent of the 410 nurses scheduled to work at the Kingston Public and Bustamante Hospitals stayed off the job today. At the University Hospital of the West Indies 31 out of the 176 nurses scheduled for the early shift called in sick. ... Nurses

Ministry of Labour Monitoring Registered Nurses Action

Jamaica Information Service, April 7, 2010 Kingston - Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon Pearnel Charles, has said that if registered nurses employed at public institutions do not resume normality by Thursday morning (April 8), the Ministry will take the matter of their sick-out to the Supreme Court. "We will wait and see what happens Thursday morning, before we decide whether to proceed to the Court or not," Mr. Charles told JIS News, Wednesday night (April 7). Nurses are listed as part of the Essential Services under the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act (LRIDA) for whom it is illegal ... Ministry

Is Mr Dalley too busy campaigning?

Jamaica Observer Editorial, July 19, 2007 We are, quite obviously, relieved by the clarification given by Information and Development minister, Mr Donald Buchanan, about the future of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), although his statement at Monday's post-Cabinet press briefing led to more questions than answers. Responding to press reports, Mr Buchanan said that the Government had no intention of privatising the KPH and he insisted that "at no time did the minister of health (Mr Horace Dalley) propose any divestment or privatisation of the KPH". ... Is

No plan to privatise KPH, says information minister

Jamaica Observer, July 17, 2007 Information Minister Donald Buchanan said yesterday that the government had no intention of privatising the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). Buchanan told yesterday's post-Cabinet press briefing that "at no time did the minister of health propose any divestment or privatisation of the KPH". "What the minister said was that he was considering separating the administration of the KPH from the South Eastern Regional Health Authority, and making it an autonomous administrated entity similar to the University Hospital of the West Indies," Buchanan said. ... No

Emergency equipment ordered for Kingston Public Hospital

Jamaica Gleaner, July 17, 2007 Following the virtual shutdown of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) by nurses who protested late last week about the lack of basic health supplies, Cabinet yesterday approved an emergency procurement procedure allowing the hospital to purchase equipment valued at $10 million. The fast tracking of the process, said Information Minister Donald Buchanan, will result in the delivery of the equipment within a month. Speaking yesterday at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Mr. Buchanan said in the wake of last week's administrative bungling at the KPH, new measures would be implemented. ... Emergency

NAJ president opposes privatisation of KPH

Nurses begin week of celebration. Jamaica Observer, July 16, 2007 President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) Edith Allwood-Anderson says she will not support the privatisation of the Kingston Public Hospital - the largest public hospital in the Caribbean. "The Kingston Public Hospital. the philosophy, the mission and the vision is to supply Jamaica and the Caribbean and it doesn't matter who wants to privatise. KPH [will] remain public for all," Allwood-Anderson told journalists following a church service to mark the beginning of Nurses' Week at Trinity Moravian Church in Kingston. ... NAJ

NAJ to continue fight for better health services

Dionne Rose, Jamaica Gleaner, July 16, 2007 Edith Allwood-Anderson, president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), yesterday vowed to continue to pressure the Government to fulfil its responsibilities to provide supplies and equipment to the health sector. The NAJ president made the pledge yesterday during a worship service to mark Nurses Week at the Trinity Moravian Church in Kingston. "We will continue to urge the Government to take on their responsibilities to provide supplies, resources, equipment and remuneration," she said in her greetings at the church service. ... NAJ

Special buses for nurses

Jamaica Gleaner, July 16, 2007 Some nurses working within the four Regional Health Authorities are to ride home in comfort, as The National Health Fund (NHF) has approved a grant of $13 million to purchase four 30-seat buses. The safety of nursing staff on late shifts has been problematic and the Ministry of Health sought the support of the NHF to acquire these buses in order to transport and thereby improve the safety and well-being of nurses working on these shifts. Edith Allwood-Anderson, president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), says "Nurses travel at diverse hours of the night getting to and from hospitals and this has been a challenging aspect of the job." ... Special

Don't let our doctors down

Michael Spence, Liguanea, Kingston, Jamaica Gleaner, July 16, 2007 Jamaican-trained doctors, teachers, nurses, social scientists and others, are among the best in the world and are highly sought after in many countries. I therefore find it unacceptable that our doctors are not given the kind of pride of place in the health system that comes with a profession that most of us thought was properly paid. It is an insult to the Jamaican people that a doctor is handed a termination letter and the reason given as cited by the Medical Association's head, Dr. Alverston Bailey, is that he/she is a casual labourer. I join with the MAJ in calling on any future government of this country to immediately move to correct these anomalies in the interest of maintaining a good and healthy nation. ... Don't

Jamaica Civil Service Association supports due process

Wayne St. A. Jones, President, Jamaica Civil Service Association, Jamaica Gleaner, July 16, 2007 The ongoing debate over the contracting of the Administrative Services Only (ASO) for the GEASO health scheme for public sector workers has been mired in sheer confusion and maybe even deliberate misrepresentation of the facts. This chaos has been fuelled by a number of factors not least among them an over abundance of ignorance about the Government's procurement process, but also an unwillingness by some to separate questions of process from those of personal or other interests. The GEASO scheme is administered by Blue Cross of Jamaica under the watchful eye of a Monitoring Committee made up of representatives of the unions and under the employer (Government of Jamaica) and supported by an actuary. The unions' representatives are traditionally drawn from the most representative groups in the public sector, thus the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), theJamaica Teachers, Association, the police and Nurses Association of Jamaica. ... Jamaica

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