Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Mary Isaac says St Jude Hospital workplace friction is no big deal

Minister of Health, Senator Hon. Mary Isaac

Minister of Health, Senator Hon. Mary Isaac

Senator Hon. Mary Isaac, Minister of Health, has described the friction between the Human Resource Director at the St Jude Hospital and other staff as no big deal.

Isaac, who attending a meeting today, Friday, May 22, 2020, between the hospital and the National Workers Union (NWU) in Vieux-Fort, said: “From my understanding, it’s the usual day to day misunderstanding and it has gotten out there as if it’s some big deal, but really it’s not.”

The issue, which some staff at the hospital have described as vexing, had led to a number of them signing a petition to have the Human Resource Director, Andrew Piltie, removed from his current position. They described him as “uncouth” and not fit for the position he currently holds at the health institution.

Isaac told Loop News that the situation is of no concern for the ministry.

“It’s more a misunderstanding and people need to know what the issues are. I don’t think there is anything to settle as such, but just to relieve people of their fear and help them understand their role in the organization and ensure that it continues as normal,” she explained.

But while the ministry may not be concerned, other people are.

“From what I am hearing out there, people are very concerned,” Isaac said.

Deputy President General of the National Workers Union (NWU), Solace Myers described the meeting as cordial, adding that they will be holding a follow-up meeting with staff of the hospital next Friday, May 29 2020, which will also be attended by Isaac.

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