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Ill workers taxing economy

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Ill workers taxing economy

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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)