Ill workers taxing economy
THE ILL HEALTH of employees is one of the reasons Barbados’ economy is struggling to develop.
This is the view of chairman of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (BCCI) health and wellness committee, David Neilands, who said high medical costs were a significant burden to the efficient running of both the private and public sectors.
“It is ironic to note that in all the recent deliberation about productivity or the lack of it and absenteeism in the workplace, there has been very little mention that, given our chronic non-communicable disease status, the health of employees is a major factor in why we are having so many problems in developing our economy,” he said.
Neilands was speaking at the BCCI’s Deighton Road, St Michael headquarters last Thursday during the prize-giving ceremony for the recently concluded Walk The Talk promotion. (NB)