BERT Close to Agreement with Government on Service
Back in September, the Ministry of Health reached an accommodation with Belize Emergency Response Team to pay salaries for its emergency medical technicians and services beyond the annual government subvention. Essentially, this made the previously private entity an arm of the Government, while a more detailed arrangement was worked out. The new national coordinator for BERT, Andre Carillo, today gave us an update on plans for the organization’s finances. He says the new arrangements are likely to be similar.
Andre Carillo, National Coordinator, B.E.R.T.
“We are not at one hundred percent at a resolution regarding the negotiations, but we are close to that resolution and we are hoping in the few short weeks coming up and after completion of the Budget, that we can sign an M.O.U. with the Government of Belize.”
“What would you expect to see in that M.O.U. though? How have the negotiations been going in fact; will it be favourable or optimal for B.E.R.T.?”
“Right now the current agreement that we have with them is favourable for B.E.R.T., we believe we can make it work for the long term.”
If you are interested in becoming a member of the B.E.R.T. team, there is good news on that front, as according to Carillo a recruitment drive is underway for emergency medical technicians to join staff. B.E.R.T. had lost a number of its staff to the Ministry of Health due to more lucrative salary arrangements but the agreement has put an end to that.