Extension granted in doctors dispute hearing

A temporary injunction that forced junior doctors to return to work still stands after Bahamas Doctors Union (BDU) attorney Obie Ferguson was granted an extension by Supreme Court Justice Ian Winder yesterday.

Ferguson requested the extension due to a timing conflict with a trial which was set a year ago. He said that, without the extension of time, the voluminous amount of documents filed in relation to the BDU matter would prevent him from doing justice to it.

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) was represented by David Higgins, Lenette King, Melissa Wright and Kingsley Smith.

Winder said that the injunction order will continue until the determination of the application.

The union must file its affidavit by September 12. The government will have until September 16 to file any affidavits in reply. Winder said that all submissions are to be filed by the close of business on September 17.

The matter resumes on September 19.

On August 21, the junior doctors went on strike, limiting services at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Rand Memorial Hospital and clinics on Grand Bahama to emergencies only.

The union’s primary concern was over pay they say is owed to them for holidays worked over the past decade.

The union said the doctors are collectively owed $10 million.

The government offered to pay $4.9 million to the doctors.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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