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‘Be wary of QEH cuts’


CARLOS ATWELL

‘Be wary of QEH cuts’

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The last in, first out policy cannot hold in the health sector.

This has been indicated by Opposition spokesperson for health, wellness and the environment Paul Gibson as he said they had heard about 115 upcoming layoffs at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).

“It is very important to measure, quantify and evaluate the role you will be eliminating from the health system. It is very important to look and see what people are doing there before they are laid off. The ones who are inefficient or not giving a full day’s work need to go but those who are, need not to be touched.

“The unions have their place in Barbados but if you know that you can have another three or four heart attacks by eliminating certain roles, would you listen to the union, or the ones having the heart attack? The health space does not necessarily follow the natural [course] of labour law . . . and if you are evaluating the health space, it needs to be done with more calculation and thought,” he said. (CA)

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