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QEH deadline

Carlos Atwell

QEH deadline

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Some ultimatums have been given to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by the National Union of Public Workers.
The QEH has until weekend to meet with the union and until April 15 to draft appointment letters.
If it does not, NUPW general secretary Dennis Clarke said there would be industrial action.
Clarke today called an outdoor meeting, attended by members of various departments, near the back gate of the QEH to discuss issues pertaining to appointments, the removal of sick leave extensions and no-pay leave.
“It is time this country understands what the issues are,” Clarke said. “[The QEH has] been fooling around with the question of appointments too long. Everyone likes to have security of tenure but at the end of the day, they are ‘cherry picking’ who should be appointed.”
Clarke said there will not be an “all out strike” but said “we will demonstrate with placards [if necessary] as we will ensure the patients are taken care of but we have to also show the board they cannot operate this way and to allow the CEO and the HR manager to do their jobs,” he said.