St. Kitts nurses turn to Nevisian blogger to air mounting grievances
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – Local nurses are said to be fuming over the lucrative contracts given to 17 Pilipino nurses by the PLP/CCM/PAM coalition government of Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris.
Well-known Nevisian, Everton “Obi” Elliott in a FaceBook posting Monday said nurses in St Kitts are very, very disgruntled.
“They are so disgruntled that they (are) coming to me asking me to speak out on their behalf. It has gotten to the point where some are calling in sick. I was told many nurses including a few supervisors called in sick over the weekend. They had to call in nurses all weekend on their off day to stand in for those who called in sick,” said Elliott, popular on the social media and who persons can confide in to share their grievances publicly.
“They complaining about being overworked, under paid, unappreciated while being bullied and disrespected by upper level management as high as the ministerial level. They said they have double the work as nurses in Nevis as most of Nevis patients even those down to common child birth are transferred to St Kitts,” said Elliott.
“One nurse inbox me saying, ‘all of Nevis critical cases including psych cases come to St Kitts. You think it easy to work like a dam slave in 2016. No lunch break. Leaving 1 to 1.5 hrs late every day with no over time while the public lamenting because dey not getting proper attention?,” he reported as being told.
He also reported based on information that two nurses were on the Medical Ward with 30 patients at St. Kitts’ J. N. France General Hospital.
Elliott informed: “Another nurse message me saying ‘Obi, did you know government brought in 17 nurses from the Philippines and paying them around $4500 monthly and can’t even pay the local nurses a proper salary?”
‘What additional training and skills could they have acquired that our local nurses don’t have to be paid at such high scale?,’ another nurse said.
Elliott said that the “moral at the hospital is very low, so low that many local nurses are quitting. Something needs to be done as soon as possible.”
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Sen. Hon. Wendy Phipps
Hon. Eugene Hamilton on visit to J N France Hospital