After more than a week of industrial action, members of the Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) will return to full duties effective immediately, Treasurer of the CPSA Dr. John Dillett announced today.
“The CPSA has reached a tentative agreement in principle with the government of The Bahamas and the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) regarding our industrial agreement,” Dillett said.
“We still have some minor matters that have to be decided, however the major financial matters by and large have been agreed upon, and as such we are able to announce that we will…stop our current industrial action and will be asking the members of the CPSA to return to work in their full capacity.”
More than 100 doctors throughout the country withdrew services on November 27. The CPSA expressed concerns with working conditions, a lack of health insurance and a salary increase.
Senior physicians initially requested $250,000 annually as a base salary, but CPSA President Dr. Locksley Munroe said they were willing to accept $75,000. Dillett did not provide details on the government’s counterproposal.