Health Minister John Boyce has commended the Barbados Nurses??? Association for its commitment to providing quality health care in Barbados.

Speaking at a church service to mark the start of Nurses Week last Sunday, Mr. Boyce maintained: ???As the frontline staff in our health institutions, the contributions of nurses cannot be overstated. Nurses are at the centre of healthcare delivery.???

He noted that the theme for Nurses Week: Nurses a Force for Change: Improving Health Systems, was very appropriate, since it highlighted the need to consider sustainability in the quest to maintain universal health coverage.

He stressed the importance of every citizen having access to quality and affordable health care, noting that individuals could not achieve their full potential and Barbados would not achieve the level of productivity which was necessary, if citizens were unhealthy.

???The future of nursing depends heavily on the decisions and leadership which are exhibited today. So, I urge you to continue your participation and support for the efforts of the Government of Barbados to achieve better health care for all by 2020,??? Mr. Boyce told the Association???s members.

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