Wells: Healthcare workers to be paid honorarium by end of July

Families of frontline healthcare workers lost during COVID-19 pandemic to receive $100,000 honorarium NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health care workers who were promised an honorarium for working on the frontlines throughout the coronavirus pandemic are expected to be paid by the end of July, Health Minister Renward Wells advised yesterday. Responding to questions from the media […]

Wells: We already paid the nurses

Health Minister says nurses presented overtime timesheets the ministry was “not aware of”   NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Health Renward Wells said yesterday that all nurses have already been paid money owed for overtime last year. During the evening sitting of Parliament, Wells was standing on a point of order, where he sought to […]

SICK AGAIN: Nurses call foul over ‘hidden’ shift system clause

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nurses in Grand Bahama are reportedly calling in sick today amid revelations that a long-protested shift system was embedded in the appointment letters of new hires. Bahamas Nurses President Amancha Williams told Eyewitness News that she is investigating reports that members have called in sick and suggested the action could be more […]

Two more COVID deaths, 62 new cases

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Health yesterday reported two additional COVID-19 deaths alongside 62 new confirmed cases. This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the country to 29, and the total number of cases to 1,765. The ministry’s August 22 dashboard was released early Sunday morning, shortly before 1am. The new deaths […]

“ENOUGH”: BNU protests death of SRC nurse exposed to COVID-19

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) President Amancha Williams revealed today that a nurse at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Center (SRC) has died after exposure to COVID-19. Outside the facility this morning, Williams expressed sadness over the death of staff nurse Bernadette Rolle, a mother-of-two known affectionately as “Bernie”. She claimed Rolle visited the Princess […]

Student nurses fast tracked to COVID-19 frontlines cannot take licensing exams

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Several finalist student nurses are calling on officials to allow them to take their licensing examinations needed to become registered nurses. Eyewitness News understands that over 50 student nurses are currently waiting to sit the exam, which was initially expected to take place in May but was delayed due to restrictive measures […]

Nurses sound alarm over capacity, overcrowded facilities

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) President Amancha Williams yesterday expressed grave concern over the current capacity of healthcare institutions as the country fights its second wave of coronavirus cases. Wilson said nurses are alarmed over the overcrowding of patients in Accident and Emergency at Princess Margaret Hospital in New Providence and the Rand […]