Health Ministry rescinds termination of some 27 health workers at Linden Hospital

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Following the issuance of termination letters to some 27 employees of the Linden Hospital Complex in Region Ten by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rudy Small, the Ministry of Health has intervened and rescinded those letters.

Subject Minister Dr Frank Anthony on Friday said those letters should have been rescinded as of Thursday night.

Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony

“…When the ministry learnt about it, we reached out to the CEO and asked him to rescind the letter, so as of last night, all those letters should have been rescinded so, nobody is going home,” the Health Minister said during his daily COVID-19 update.

He explained that these are contract workers and so, their performance will be evaluated.

“We’ll expect that the contracts for all those persons will be renewed and would be renewed for the usual duration, I think it’s probably one to two years.

“And then, of course, like would every other contract, people’s performances will be evaluated and once they have performed well, they will continue to have their jobs,” Dr Anthony said.

The termination letters were made public on Friday morning by APNU+AFC Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira, who posted the document on his Facebook page.

“The hospital is currently understaffed, doctors are working beyond the 40 hours per week.

“The CEO should seek to have a more efficient management of the hospital, ensuring that the hospital is equipped with adequate staff and materials for them to work with instead of creating a toxic work environment,” Figueira noted on his Facebook page.

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