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  • Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson says on Friday, July 4, he will discuss with the Board of the Western Regional Health Authority, (WRHA), concerns about the manner in which the non-payment of duty allowances for doctors and nurses was handled.
  • Dr. Ferguson said that while the Ministry has been clear about fiscal constraints relating to overtime payments and salaries, it has in fact been meeting with the medical professional groups.
  • A number of doctors and nurses at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James, and their colleagues from the Savanna-la-Mar General Hospital in Westmoreland, took protest action this week following the non-payment of on-call, and other allowances for the month of June.

Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson says on Friday, July 4, he will discuss with the Board of the Western Regional Health Authority, (WRHA), concerns about the manner in which the non-payment of duty allowances for doctors and nurses was handled.

Speaking at the official opening of the female medical ward at the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital in St. Ann on Friday June 27, Dr. Ferguson issued an apology to doctors and nurses of the WRHA, for the non-payment of their duty allowances for this month.

He insisted that there should have been dialogue among the parties. “If you are going to cut person’s salary even if it is by one per cent, there is a need for dialogue,” he asserted.

Dr. Ferguson said that while the Ministry has been clear about fiscal constraints relating to overtime payments and salaries, it has in fact been meeting with the medical professional groups.

Meanwhile, the Minister emphasised the importance of all Ministries playing their part in ensuring that the country meets the requirements of its deal with the IMF. “If there is one Ministry that fails to meet the targets, the Governments fails the tests,” he said.

A number of doctors and nurses at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James, and their colleagues from the Savanna-la-Mar General Hospital in Westmoreland, took protest action this week following the non-payment of on-call, and other allowances for the month of June.