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Jan 9, 2020

“Nursing Has Been in Constant Degradation”

The Task Force is also asking the ministries to address the critical issue of a shortage of nurses that is negatively affecting the delivery of quality health care services to the people.  Spencer says that these issues need to be addressed to enhance the nursing profession in Belize.


Darrell Spencer, President, Nurses Association of Belize

“Nursing basically has been in constant degradation over some years now. So what we are trying to do is to resolve some of these issues. Notably our priority at this point in time is to get the persons that are qualities and available to fill the key positions in nursing so that we can now get more towards the advancement of nurses and nursing in Belize. We are losing staff hand over fist. We are at a very critical point when it comes to the amount of personnel on the ward giving patient care. All of these things affect the quality of care that any one person can give. Now to go to where a part form the staff on the ward, we are at a point where not even in the offices, the key strategic personnel in the country we are running short of them also. So for these offices to be abolished or phased out it only takes away from what will happen for nursing in Belize.”

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