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Apr 15, 2014

Pharmacists’ Association threatens with industrial action

Hortence Humes

The Pharmacists’ Association currently has approximately one hundred and fifty members. Even as the situation heats up, the association says that under the Essential Services Act, they are prevented from taking industrial action but can carry out a go-slow and can also count on the support of the N.T.U.C.B. and P.S.U.


Hortence Humes, President, Pharmacists’ Association of Belize

“The industrial action will come from the Public Service Union. They have sent a letter and they were waiting for the response from the ministry to the association and from there they will implement the industrial action. I understand the minister said that they have not seen it and we were waiting for the response and from there, the public service will take it on. It was with the essential service act and we’ve had a lawyer getting legal advice from them. When we first met with the minister, we took our lawyer Miss Cynthia Pitts with us and they had the SOLGEN, Mister Hawkes with them. Apart from that, the Minister mentioned the quality of drugs and about testing of the mini lab. From 2011, along with PAHO, they have been trying to have the mini lab implemented and that has not come on board as yet. And also the quality of drug in 2008; they did send out some medication to be tested and some of them came back with low efficacy rate. Those drugs were given out to the public and we are still getting medication from some of those companies and no other testing has been done.”

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5 Responses for “Pharmacists’ Association threatens with industrial action”

  1. Ali Babarrow sez Belize is #3 on murder! #1 coming up!!! says:

    Yes the doctor recommends a strong expurgate.
    two in the morning, two in the morning, four at night.

    The whole country should expurge this venom corrupting GOB.

    Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
    But if you know what life is worth,
    You will look for yours on earth:
    We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game –

    You can fool some Belizeans sometimes, But you can’t fool all Belizeans all the time.

    Ali’s little pigs knows what to do, they be silent and quick, just like oliver twist;
    Before it’s over, your pocket is clean, Ali’s four-legged thieves paid a visit on you.

    Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!

  2. melinda says:

    why are you making up your face like that? you bex becuase you da PUP and you should have gotten the job instead if your party had been in government?

  3. Buju says:

    This is the stupidest thing i ever heard!

    So who will be held responsibe when someone can’t get their relevant medication and dies????

    Just because of a personal political agenda!

    This is past simpleness!

  4. Heavenlyblaq says:

    I wish that those making comments would see that MOH is the perpetrator here. The pharmacits were handed a raw deal with a hand selected appointment. Who in their right mind would sit back and watch others by-pass the proper process and get a position just because she is a Minister’s daughter. This is way beyond a Bachelors Degree because we know that there are qualified pharmacists with the same degree who have put in years of service and who know their job. An overnight dgree does not compare to hands on experience. I know too many people with degrees who cannot function on the job. Get the experience and then work towards the position. There is more dignity in that.
    BUJU: if anyone dies please note that it is the responsibility of MOH or should I say Miss Contreras. That’s where the blame should fall. Our health system is already the worst ever and they still play politics with our lives.

  5. CEO says:

    Our country will never progress due to this type of practice. This shows that our so call leaders have no real interest in the country.

    It’s all about politics and or money; never about country!

    This must stop!

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