Linden nurses protest over COVID-19 risk allowance and more protective gear


Nurses attached to the Linden hospital complex yesterday staged a protest outside the hospital demanding a COVID-19 risk allowance and more personal protective equipment (PPE).

They also asked why they had not yet been paid since the official payday was scheduled for Tuesday.

In a video seen on Facebook, several nurses were heard chanting, “Nurses need risk allowance! Nurses Need Risk Allowance! Essential workers, essential wages! Essential workers, essential wages!

New regional health officer Dr Gregory Harris confirmed that a protest had taken place and said after some discussions nurses returned to work around noon yesterday.

He noted that they had raised concerns about the delayed wages, but he explained to them what had happened and this issue was resolved. In addition, he said they were applying for a COVID-19 risk allowance and raised concerns about some issues they were facing at the hospital.

When asked what these issues were, the RHO responded that they were general issues that could be resolved.

However, according to anonymous sources, nurses requested more PPE as a few health workers attached to the hospital had recently tested positive for COVID-19 and also, there was an insufficient supply of PPE at the hospital.

Meanwhile, Harris said he, hospital management and protesters had come to an agreement. “We have come to an agreement, we just have to do some things and move forward,” he said.

He expressed the opinion, however, that the nurses should have addressed their concerns to hospital management first and that if they were not satisfied, they could have protested.

To date, Region Ten has recorded 96 cases of COVID-19.


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