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Nurses unhappy with government’s offer

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Nurses employed by the government are restive, as they are unhappy with the pace

of negotiations by the government negotiating team, as well as working conditions

at many of the health institutions.

A source close to the executive for the Antigua and Barbuda Nurses Association

said the association is asking for a fifteen percent increase for its members, as well

as improvements to many of the clinics and health care facilities.

The source said the nine percent increase that the government is offering to all

groups of public workers is not sufficient. The source did not indicate whether or

not the association is prepared to accept a compromise on the rate increase.

The association also met with Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph this week to

raise concerns over the state of many of the clinics in the country. According to the

source many clinics are in a state of disrepair and are not suited to accommodate

patients or nursing staff.

During the meeting, the minister gave the commitment to complete repairs to two

of the clinics that have been closed – All Saints and Urlings – within the next two

weeks and then to move on to other clinics immediately. He promised to

systematically repair the clinics so that nurses can feel comfortable.

There are also issues with the conditions at the Clare Vue Hospital and the Fiennes

Institute which the association also wants to be addressed as soon as possible.

However, despite these issues, the association has not issued a notice of industrial

action to the government nor to the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre.

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