GOVERNMENT’S DECISION to introduce a 24-hour polyclinic service is now in limbo, with nurses, the Ministry of Health and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) at loggerheads, and set for another closed-door meeting today.
The 24/7 service was to begin last Saturday at the Winston Scott Polyclinic in St Michael and the David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex in St John, but has since been postponed.
It has all to do with additional hours, and some nurses have expressed their frustrations.
“There is no nurse at Sir Winston Scott who will volunteer for flexi-time. We’re already short as it is and struggling to fill an eight-hour shift, and that is one of the issues the powers that be seem not to be able to comprehend,” one nurse told the DAILY NATION yesterday on condition of anonymity.