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Mar 17, 2020

K.H.M.H. Workers Union Demonstration Cancelled

A demonstration that was scheduled to take place today in front of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital was canceled. The demonstration was planned by the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Workers Union, but its plan crumbled when the union was denied a permit to demonstrate by the Belize Police Department. The union was contemplating action because it says it is frustrated that K.H.M.H. management has ignored its concerns regarding the COVID-19 threat to them. An isolation unit has been established inside the national referral hospital. This, the union says, puts the entire hospital and by extension the country’s health system at-risk. According to the Union, its members are willing to treat patients of COVID-19, but not at the K.H.M.H. because the isolation unit is, as they claimed, poorly constructed and inadequately equipped. Vice President Andrew Baird says the union’s position remains the same.


Andrew Baird

Andrew Baird, Vice President, K.H.M.H. Workers Union

“We still believe that we are putting the only national referral center and the only tertiary care institution at risk to be quarantined and the services that the institution provides for the nation is at risk. We went back this morning again to the office of the C.E.O. and management and to state the position of the staff. The position remains the same that it is still no. We also had the demonstration denied but we were denied by the police department on the reason that our will be considered as mass gathering outside of the restrictions that the Prime Minister and oversight committee have put in place. We explained to the police that it was not a restriction that we cannot have a demonstration but not more than one hundred people per place. So we said that we would have done the ninety-nine persons at profiling with a distancing of ten feet or so for the other group. They said that it is still considered a mass gathering in one place so we had to revert and look at the steps we have to take next.”

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