NOT SHOWING UP: Healthcare workers on NP and GB stage sickout; services impacted by worker shortage

NOT SHOWING UP: Healthcare workers on NP and GB stage sickout; services impacted by worker shortage

Sickout believed to be related to overcrowded hospitals and honorariums 

BPSU chief says he was unaware of the matter but wished the workers well

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Services at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and Grand Bahama Health Services (GBHS) were impacted from 8am yesterday after several employees called in sick from both institutions.

Princess Margaret Hospital.

As a result of the sickout, the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) had to warn the public to expect delays in accessing services at those institutions or, where possible, to access services at a later date.

In a statement on the matter, the PHA said PMH Laboratory Services, Radiology and Diagnostics had staff shortages, resulting in delays in services.

At Rand Memorial Hospital, Laboratory Services and Phlebotomy Services also had limited staff and blood donation services had to be suspended.

The morgue/Rand Lab also had to suspended services until further notice.

GBHS Community Health Services staff shortages impacted pharmacy services at Eight Mile Rock, Hawksbill, Freeport Community Clinic and Pearce Plaza.

Pharmacy services were facilitating in-patient services, children and emergencies only at the Freeport Community Clinic, IAT Building, East Atlantic Drive.

The sickout comes amidst concerns regarding the overcrowding at the hospital and an honorarium given to healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BPSU President Kimsley Ferguson.

Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) President Kimsley Ferguson said he was aware that a number of his members were out and “not doing very well”.

“I am hopeful that these healthcare workers have not contracted COVID-19,” he said.

Ferguson said while he was “disappointed” to hear about the matter, he was working to get an “understanding” of what transpired.

About Sloan Smith

Sloan Smith is a senior digital reporter at Eyewitness News, covering a diverse range of beats, from politics and crime to environment and human interest. In 2018, Sloan received a nomination for the “Leslie Higgs Feature Writer of The Year Award” from The Bahamas Press Club for her work with Eyewitness News.


These irresponsible health care workers and union presidents putting people’s life at risk over money

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