Health Minister says nurses who migrated are being asked to return to Jamaica

Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said nurses who had migrated, are being asked to return to Jamaica, as part of efforts, to address the shortage of health care workers.

In recent times, there has been a massive increase in the migration of nurses, with the Minister noting that this is impacting the health sector, negatively.

Last month, Dr. Tufton mentioned, that he would like to see nurses who migrate do so on, a flexible contract system, wherein they could work three months overseas, and then two months in Jamaica.

While on a tour of the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital in St. Ann yesterday (June 10), the Minister lamented, that up to 5 nurses migrate from the hospital, per month.

He said a collaborative programme with health facilities overseas, has been set up.


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