QEH To Appoint Some 100 Nurses By Early 2013

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Health Minister, Donville Inniss, addressing the renaming ceremony. (C. Pitt/BGIS)

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) will appoint over 100 nurses by early next year.

That is the word from this island’s Health Minister, Donville Inniss, who gave this assurance to nurses, some of whom were gathered at the Eunice Gibson Polyclinic, formerly the Warrens Polyclinic for a renaming ceremony last Saturday.????????????????????????????????????????????

"I would wish to indicate that I am reliably advised that the QEH is about to appoint, from as early as next month, 121 nurses to their offices.?? I wish to apologise for the delay, but I have tasked the Board at the QEH to ensure that all nurses are appointed to their offices by the first quarter of next year," he said.

The Health Minister added that the retitling of the polyclinic was an indication of the commitment by Government to recognise nurses for their dedicated service. He described the late Ms. Gibson as "a visionary nurse", who, in the 1930’s saw the need for nurses to form a strong association to address issues of professional practice and conditions of work.??

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Minister of Health, Donville Inniss, unveiling the??renamed??Eunice Gibson Polyclinic. (C. Pitt/BGIS)??

"Today, nurses in Barbados are the beneficiaries of her vision since the Barbados Nurses Association has grown to become a well-respected professional body, giving leadership to the profession," he outlined.

Data from the General Nursing Council revealed in 2011 that there were 1,215 General Registered Nurses, including 314 Nurse Midwives and 233 Registered Mental Health Nurses.?? There are also 355 Nursing Assistants and 258 Nursing Auxiliaries.

lisa.bayley@barbados.gov.bb

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