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KHMH Union activates with demands and a threat of possible strike action

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Just as one union has managed to calm the plight of the stevedores, there is another fire ignited, this time with the KHMHA Workers’ Union.  A release was sent out today by the union, expressing the concerns of the frontline staff at the KHMH as they relate to the coronavirus.  The release highlights three points of contention that have to do with what they deem as inadequate planning by health officials for the inevitable arrival of COVID-19.

Just as one union has managed to calm the plight of the stevedores, there is another fire ignited, this time with the KHMHA Workers’ Union.  A release was sent out today by the union, expressing the concerns of the frontline staff at the KHMH as they relate to the coronavirus.  The release highlights three points of contention that have to do with what they deem as inadequate planning by health officials for the inevitable arrival of COVID-19.  The release says, quote, “While top officials at the MOH feel that they have discharged their duties with due diligence in the preparation of a plan of action, the community of Healthcare Providers at the KHMHA being the sole national referral hospital in the country feel that such plan was not well thought out. The general consensus from the KHMHA’s staff is that the safety and wellbeing of those on the forefront were never taken into consideration when implementing the said plan of action.”  End of quote.  With that being the popular consensus, the KHMHA Workers Union is demanding that the Government revise the health plan with special consideration for the proper compensation of workers who have to do overtime; the wellbeing of the frontline health care providers, the lack of equipment, the understaffing and the unfavorable working conditions.  The union is also demanding that the issue of isolation units be revised.  The release notes, quote, “The so-called “Isolation Area” identified in their plans are not up to International Safety Standards, regardless of renovation attempts at the hospital’s Physiotherapy Department. Any identified area should have been separate from the hospital’s infrastructure, a Health Policlinic can be allocated for this purpose. This area should have its own proper Healthcare Providers so that services within the rest of the KHMHA are not disrupted. There should be no risk of contact and probable cross-contamination within our KHMHA facility. Our major concern are those patients who are immunocompromised due to underlying conditions since they will be the ones at highest risks upon exposure to COVID-19.”  End of quote.  The KHMHA Workers Union is also demanding that the healthcare workers be given adequate personal protective equipment and compensation for those who volunteer and their families.  The union closed off stating, quote, “that all the above be taken into consideration and that their plan of action be revised to reflect such and that revision be held up to par with International Standards. Failure to heed to these concerns would result in the KHMHA Workers Union take all necessary steps, including but not limited to industrial action until those concerns are addressed! “  End of quote.

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