Nurses on the island are threatening to stage industrial action this week if their concerns are not addressed in three days.
Health Minister Molwyn Joseph was placed on notice about the nurse’s intentions in a letter dated April 12th, 2023.
The President of the Antigua and Barbuda Nurses Association (ANBA) said in the letter that nurses and patients feel disrespected and disregarded by the government’s lack of attention to their plight.
“ABNA’s president letter delivered to your office dated March 17th, 2023 concerned our membership regarding the delay in installing a new Board of Directors for the Sir Lester Bird Medical Center, affecting the negotiations process and patient care. Sir you have not extended the common courtesy to respond via telephone or even letter,” the letter stated
ABNA recalled that at a meeting on February 13, 2023, which included the Permanent Secretary and Deputy as well as members of ABNA executive members, the dire situation of the clinic, in particular, All Saints, Clare Hall, and Johnsons Point was discussed.
“ABNA members continue to work in unsatisfactory conditions at the clinics. Their tolerance and patients have run out and they are tired of promises that are not kept and tired of working under those conditions that you, Sir, would not work in” the letter states.
“ABNA is therefore serving you notice that it is engaging its membership in considering actions to show the displeasure of what we view as a total disregard and utter disrespect for Nurses and patients”
To this end, ABNA is giving you, Sir, one week to respond to our concern before we start the process of industrial action.
The entire membership of the nurse’s association will be meeting on Thursday this week from 3 p.m. at the nurse’s headquarters on Queen Elizabeth Highway.