ROOTS FM NEWS: The Ministry of Health and Wellness will again meet with the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association (JMDA) to discuss today’s high rate of absenteeism among junior doctors in the public health system.
In a release, Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says he along with members of the his senior executive will be meeting with the JMDA.
The Ministry said only 47 per cent or 488 of the 1,036 junior doctors who should have reported to work today did so. Twenty-two (22) per cent or 86 of the 387 expected in the South East Health Region reported to work while 51 per cent or 58 of the 114 expected in the North East Health Region reported to work turned up. Fifty-seven (57) per cent or 165 of the expected 290 showed up for work in the Southern Health Region while seventy-three (73) per cent or 179 of the expected 243 turned up in the Western Health Region.
The Health and Wellness Ministry has directed all regional health authority to activate their contingency plans that include the assignment of senior doctors to man various aspects of the operations. Further, priority has been given to emergency cases while appointments for some elective procedures are being rescheduled.
An assessment of the impact of the sick-out by junior doctors is now being undertaken by the Ministry and an update will be shared at a later time.