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Polyclinic pushback

MARIA BRADSHAW, mariabradshaw@nationnews.com

Added 08 September 2018


The Randall Phillips Polyclinic is not suitable for 24-hour operation. Inset, trade unionist Caswell Franklyn. (Picture by Reco Moore.)

Government’s plan to open selected polyclinics around the clock is meeting with resistance from trade unions and organisations which represent nurses.

The Sunday Sun understands that October 1, had been set as the date to have this system implemented at the David Thompson Polyclinic in Colleton, St John and the Winston Scott Polyclinic, in Jemmotts Lane, the City; but trade unions have told officials from the Ministry of Health and Wellness this cannot work, citing the critical shortage of staff, particularly nurses.

A source close to the situation, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to speak, said officials had first earmarked the Randall Phillips Polyclinic at Oistins, Christ Church, and the Winston Scott Polyclinic, both of which already have extended hours but the former has been deemed not suitable for a 24-hour operation.

“There are several issues with Randall Phillips such as electrical wiring; mould and the physical environment is just not suitable, so they switched to the David Thompson Polyclinic but nurses are not too pleased about this – they are fuming,” the source said. (MB)

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