Dangriga Nurses Want More Pay and Better Benefits
A group of nurses at Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga Town, Stann Creek staged a protest this morning to raise concerns about ongoing issues in the country’s medical sector. The demonstration was aimed at highlighting the low wages, inadequate benefits, understaffing, and overworking conditions that the nurses face on a daily basis. The protesters held up placards with messages such as “Need supplies”, “Need more staff” and “Cost of living very high…” to highlight some of the challenges they are facing. They called on the government to take action to address the problems facing the medical sector, which they say have been ongoing for too long. The nurses emphasized that the poor working conditions in the sector not only affect their own well-being but also compromise the quality of care that patients receive. The protesters said they were determined to continue their fight until their demands for better wages, working conditions, and benefits are met. The demonstration comes as the government faces mounting pressure to address the challenges facing the medical sector, which has also been strained by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the audience can recall, nurses around the country staged a similar protest mid-last year to raise these same concerns about the need for urgent reforms in the country’s healthcare system.