Doc­tors, nurses at Di­a­mond hos­pi­tal take in­dus­trial ac­tion

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staff and oth­ers em­ploy­ees work­ing at the Di­a­mond Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­ter staged a sit-in over the de­plorable state of the in­sti­tu­tion cou­pled with a con­stant short­age of drugs plagu­ing the health fa­cil­ity.

Re­gional and Health Min­istry of­fi­cials rushed down to the Cen­tre to deal with the prob­lems.

Staff at the fa­cil­ity said they had to turn away pa­tients be­cause of the poor state of the hos­pi­tal.

It is un­der­stood that com- plaits were made to the govern­ment on many oc­ca­sions but noth­ing has been done..

“If yuh work­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment where yuh have fae­ces pulp­ing up, how the peo­ple gon get proper treat­ment?” one staff at­tached to the fa­cil­ity ques­tioned, while an­other was over­heard telling a pa­tient that “work was not be­ing done, so I would ad­vise you to come back to­mor­row.”

One nurse said that she has been em­ployed at the fa­cil­ity for a num­ber of years, and through­out the pe­riod, there have been many in­stances where there were cause for complaints, how­ever, this time was far worse.

“The dress­ing room area is de­plorable, nasty, the AC in the room aint work­ing, the other ACs leak­ing wa­ter all over the floors, the toi­lets over­flow­ing con­stantly,” she said with a look of dis­gust.

An­other doc­tor ex­pressed the same sen­ti­ments, but this time lamented on the con­tin­u­ous short­age of med­i­ca­tions for his pa­tients. “It’s rough hav­ing to tell peo­ple we don’t have the drug or tablet, or strip that they need, and hav­ing to turn them away. It’s con­stant. This short­age is all the time. But it’s hard on us doc­tors be­cause it both­ers us to know that we know what is wrong with a pa­tient but we cant help them be­cause we don’t have the right treat­ment. Then you gotta send them away to buy it..and most of these peo­ple that come to pub­lic hos­pi­tals can’t af­ford to buy med­i­ca­tion,” he stated.

The af­fected em­ploy­ees were not able to di­vulge in­for­ma­tion as to the out­come of the meet­ing with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties, and one nurse was heard say­ing “it’s the same nonsense and prom­ises.”

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