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DALLEY URGES SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FOR NURSES IN CRIME-PRONE AREAS

DALLEY URGES SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FOR NURSES IN CRIME-PRONE AREAS

Kingston, Jamaica, July 24, 2017:  The Opposition Spokesman on Health, Mr Horace Dalley is urging the government to move swiftly to put in place adequate transportation for the nation’s nurses, especially for those working in crime-prone areas, such as downtown Kingston, Spanish Town and sections of Montego Bay.

Mr Dalley said, the government has made several promises to the nurses over the negotiating period to consider a special transportation arrangement for these essential services providers, who remain committed to the provision of quality health care; but to date, there has been no movement in satisfying the promise.

The Opposition Spokesman said, with crime in some of these areas at crisis levels, leaving our nurses at the mercy of public transportation, especially during the most vulnerable periods of day break and night fall, is of serious concern. Our nurses deserve special consideration, he said.

It has always been the convention of all succeeding Administrations to honour Wage Agreements signed by previous Administration.

Mr. Dalley is urging the government to implement the 2015- 2017 Wage Agreement with the nurses, which was signed by the previous Administration, and included the purchase of Coaster Bus to ease the transportation burden of the nurses. The Ministry of Finance and Planning must proceed with the procurement of the bus for these nurses and avoid an industrial anxiety, which would not be beneficial at the present moment.

Mr Dalley says that nurses ought to be given similar consideration as other civil servants, who are accommodated by government with the provision of a transportation fleet along safe corridors to and from work.