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BAMP happy for dialogue on safe zones


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BAMP happy for dialogue on safe zones
Dr Lynda Williams. - (FP)

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President of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) Dr Lynda Williams says her organisation is satisfied that Government has begun the necessary steps to address the concerns highlighted in the legislation for the safe zones in the health sector, which had to be rolled back two days after being implemented last Monday.

Williams, who was part of a virtual nationally televised COVID-19 press update yesterday, said she was happy Government was taking the concerns of the medical fraternity seriously while ensuring they were part of the consultative process in refining the measures.

In voicing their concerns last week, BAMP noted there was a pressing need to get clarity on unvaccinated patients, many of whom had begun to cancel appointments following the roll-out of the safe zones. Concerns over lack of consultation, as well as arguments that the measures altered the terms and conditions of employees, were also points of major contention.

“BAMP made a call earlier this week [last week] for the draft on safe zones to be looked at again. Our primary interest is the public’s health and the health and safety of the medical fraternity. In order for health measures to work, people must buy into them, whether it is the general public, unions, everyone. We are grateful for the continuing consultative process with all parties. (CLM)

 

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