Tuesday 27 October, 2020

NATUC challenges NWRHA on COVID-19 reports at St Ann's

The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) has disputed earlier statements by health officials regarding COVID-19 infections at the St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital.

The union alleged that a staff member at the psychiatric hospital tested positive for the virus.

According to NATUC, the Medical Director of the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) attached to the St Ann's Hospital in a memorandum dated August 28 said “there is no COVID-19 on any ward which has been rumoured by some members of staff.”

The union, however, said a staff member was tested for the virus on August 18 and received results four days later, confirming the positive result.

It’s calling on Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram to make a public statement on this matter.

The union said: “We need to know whether there are positive cases at St. Ann's Hospital and whether the environment there is conducive to helping the country flatten the COVID-19 curve.”

It also called on Government to ensure that healthcare workers receive the necessary support to ensure that they are not burnt out and their own health put at risk.

The union called for the tripartite approach in this matter.

It added, however, that it will continue to advocate for healthcare workers’ rights in this regard.

“We are certain in NATUC that the Public Services Association is going to do what is necessary to ensure that the healthcare workers are carefully protected and to bring all the disinformation and misinformation to the general public,” NATUC said.

Loop News has reached out to the NWRHA for comment on the Union’s allegations.

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