Doctors, nurses at Diamond hospital take industrial action
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.”