The Dominica Nurses Association ‘mentally disturbed’

Members of the Dominica Nurses Association are calling on health authorities to address their concerns, as it relates to unfair treatment on the job.


Earlier today, a few nurses gathered near the Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU) building at the Princess Margaret Hospital, protesting with placards and printed T-Shirts, hoping that the authorities will give them some immediate attention.


SAT TV News spoke to the president of the Dominica Nurses Association, Mrs Rosie Felix, who explained the reasons behind the protest.


According to reports from some of the nurses, they are being bullied by top health officials who make it difficult for them to carry out their duties successfully as health professionals.


Meanwhile, psychiatric consultant at the Acute Psychiatric Unit, Dr Griffin Benjamin described the protest as unfortunate, claiming that no attempts were made by the association to discuss the matter amicably with top officials.


According to him, he has no knowledge that the accusations are in fact happening at the APU, or any other Health Department at the Princess Margaret Hospital.


He noted that the protest may be linked to recent letters sent to the ministry of health, outlining his dissatisfaction with the performance of one particular supervisory nurse.


Efforts to reach the Minister of Health, Honorable Julius Timothy proved futile, as we were told that due to an important event on Tuesday, Cabinet officials were forced to meet on Wednesday.


The nurses, however, have expressed their intention to continue the protest on Friday morning.

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