Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said yesterday that the process of recruiting nurses for the public health system is “slothful” and must be addressed.
“There are some outstanding challenges with getting nurses that have been appointed through the Public Service Commission,” he said outside Cabinet.
“There’s a group of TCNs (trained clinical nurses) and RNs (registered nurses) who have been incredibly patient that have been long suffering.
“As a matter of fact, they would have completed their training almost a year ago and I believe that we have been, as a system, far too slow in getting them through.
“They have expressed tremendous disappointment with how slow, how slothful the system is, and I have to agree with them. Certainly, we are trying to get them across the finish line and we expect that that should happen pretty soon.”
Sands said roughly 70 trained nurses have been affected by the issue.
“So, this is a real challenge, because the process [is] after financial clearance is given, then they have to be vetted by the Public Service Commission,” he said.
“They have to have the SIB review and so on and so forth, so it takes, unfortunately, far too long.
“We are looking at how we can compress that system so that some things are done preemptively, because to be a nurse and to struggle with rent, with food, with other expenses, it really is a problem.”