Doctors go on strike

More than 400 junior doctors on New Providence and Grand Bahama went on strike today, according to Bahamas Doctors Union President Dr. Melisande Bassett.

This comes after the doctors voted to strike in December over claims that there was an unresolved issue over holiday pay.

Speaking to reporters outside the Princess Margaret Hospital, Dr. Bassett said, “We are here because we have not been able to bring resolution to our ongoing dispute with the Public Hospitals Authority on ensuring that each junior physician receives compensation for working on holidays.”

She continued, “We’ve filed a trade dispute since 2014. We’ve had meetings back and forth. They’ve vacillated. They’ve said they’ll pay. They start to pay then they stop.

“We’ve had demonstrations. We’ve threatened strike action in the past. We’ve come back to the table. Most recently, they told us that they’d pay us over five installments…

“To us, that’s unacceptable.”

Basset said the doctors will continue to provide emergency services.

However, she noted that the union is prepared to withdraw services for as long as it takes for its issues to be addressed.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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