Dr. Mindi Fitz Henley, President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA)
Some doctors in the public health system are upset because of the non-payment of benefits due to them.
The doctors also complaining that they are underpaid.
Dr. Mindi Fitz Henley, President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA), confirmed that the issue has been happening for months.
She told Radio Jamaica News that a number of doctors assigned to the western and southern regions have been impacted.
"But we've been making some checks throughout all the regions, and so far, we've been able to confirm that there has been either underpayment or nonpayment through SERHA, specifically at a few hospitals, such as Linstead Hospital as well as National Chest Hospital. But it does seem to be affecting Western region and Southern region. Again, we're still trying to confirm the issue, or if it is extending to the hospitals in Northeast region," she said.
Dr. Fitz Henley expressed concern that the doctors are not being compensated.
"We are concerned because, as you know, the doctors are doing their utmost best, working day in day out and it's been many, many months of them doing this and the hazard pay that they are entitled to is something that has been agreed upon at all levels of ministry, and so we do believe that once you have done the work that you should be compensated for doing this. And so, we want to encourage our doctors that although they haven't received the money from the ministry as promised, that they do feel as though they are valued and that their work is also valued. So, we just want to ensure that they are able to be compensated so they also feel that from the ministry level," she indicated.
In a post on his Twitter account on Thursday, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said he would look into the matter.