Workers using ‘sick leave as vacation’
THERE IS A CONCERN local doctors are issuing too many sick certificates and that many employees are using sick leave as vacation breaks from work.
The issues were raised recently during a courtesy call which Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr Esther Byer Suckoo, had with president of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP), Dr Abdon DaSilva, and director of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Ian Carrington, at her Warrens, St Michael office.
Byer Suckoo called for reform of sickness benefits in Barbados, cautioning that unless changes were made, the NIS benefit could be threatened.
In this connection, she said greater measures had to be implemented to protect it and stamp out “unsavoury practices” of inappropriate claims. (GE/BGIS)
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