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Jun 15, 2021

K.H.M.H. Chair Explains Nurses Exodus

The mass resignation of Filipino nurses from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital directly threatens the existing workforce at the national referral facility.  It is anticipated that by the end of this month, as many as thirty-three caregivers will have tendered their resignations in order to pursue a career elsewhere outside of the country.  When we interviewed Nurse Robert Reyes on Friday, we were informed that the issue stems from a significant hike in the cost of temporary employment permits.  Nurse Reyes is among those leaving from Belize to pursue more lucrative offers in the United Kingdom.  Today, the Ministry of Immigration issued a release which stated that thirty-three special permits were issued to Filipino nurses between September fourteenth, 2020 and February tenth, 2021.  Those permits, the minister says, are valid until February 2022; nonetheless, all thirty-three of those nurses will be gone by the end of this month.  Doctor Andre Sosa, chair of the K.H.M.H. Authority, was on Channel Five’s Open Your Eyes this morning and addressed the issue.

 

Dr. Andre Sosa, Chair, K.H.M.H. Authority

“There is a great deal of dissatisfaction, I should say, primarily among the Filipino nurses here, but also other foreign nurses who are seeing attempts at enforcing regulations with regards to licensing.  To be fair, this is an issue that has been going on for at least the last couple years, but what is being said is that there are attempts now to try and enforce those regulations.  Obviously, it’s not an opportune time for this to happen and we believe at Karl Heusner that that is part of what is creating dissatisfaction and is spurring an even greater number of nurses to depart from our institution.”

 

Andre Sosa

Marleni Cuellar

“What’s the number that we’re looking at right now?”

 

Dr. Andre Sosa

“Well, to the thirty-first of May, we are looking at twenty-one resignations of nurses.  There has been an aggressive recruitment effort and we have managed to recruit twelve full-time nurses and seven part-time nurses.  To the end of June, we foresee that there will be at least twelve more resignations.”


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