Monday 24 June, 2019

Ministry postpones 24-hour polyclinic operations

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised the public that, due to circumstances beyond its control, the 24-hour medical service proposed for two of the island’s polyclinics, could not start on June 1 as previously announced.

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In a statement released on the eve of the planned date, May 31, 2019, the Ministry stated that a decision was taken after a meeting with the nurses’ representatives to postpone the introduction of the service at the Winston Scott Polyclinic and the David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex

According to the statement, at the meeting with the National Union of Public Workers, the Unity Workers’ Union and the Barbados Nurses Association, new issues were brought to the table which now required deliberation by all parties.  A meeting to begin the process is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, June 1.

Meanwhile, there will be no Fast Track Service at the Winston Scott Polyclinic tomorrow. Both clinics will open as scheduled on Monday, June 3, at 8:30 a.m., for the provision of regular polyclinic services to the public.

The statement noted that it is the Government’s policy to introduce the 24-hour system throughout the entire healthcare sector and steps are being taken to work with all parties concerned to achieve this objective.

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