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Apr 14, 2020

K.H.M.H.A. Workers Union Meets with Prime Minister Dean Barrow

The leaders of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority Workers Union on Monday met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who is now out of isolation. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the union has been having issues with the Ministry of Health, claiming it is not well-prepared to equip staff members who are being exposed to the virus at the various public hospitals.  An eleven-point agenda was presented to PM Barrow and according to Vice President of the union, Andrew Baird, there is light at the end of the tunnel because several positions were agreed upon. These include having a union representative sit on the K.H.M.H.A. COVID-19 Planning Committee and for the K.H.M.H. to provide transportation to its frontline workers to and from work. 


On the Phone: Andrew Baird, Vice President, K.H.M.H.A. Workers Union

“On the agenda was that the Karl Heusner Workers Union must have a representative on the K.H.M.H. COVID-19 Planning Committee. Information from that planning committee was not reaching the staff any at all. So we believe that having a representative on that committee will be a big difference. Another point that was addressed was the transportation issue. One hundred and thirty-two workers at Karl Heusner are basically stranded, needing how to get to work. And the Prime Minister agreed that for them to be send there it is the responsibility of Karl Heusner to provide that transportation to the staff. Whether Karl Heusner needs to deal with the ministry of the government that is another thing but Karl Heusner must provide the means of transportation for the frontline workers.”

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