Nurses protest for removal of GPHC CEO

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Some of the nurses during the protest. [iNews' Photo]

By Jomo Paul

Some of the nurses during the protest. [iNews' Photo]
Some of the nurses during the protest. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Scores of nurses from various departments of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Wednesday, June 17, took to the streets calling for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Khan to be fired from his post.

iNews understands that the nurses protest materialised after the GPHC’s management dismissed a matron from the hospital, allegedly without any proper explanation.

The nurses’ protest has left the hospital in a peculiar position with a skeletal staff tending to patients.

“Our Director of Health Services was dismissed wrongfully. She was dismissed without any reason…it’s a very bad decision made by the CEO and we will not stand by that, we will not accept that,” said Keith Alonzo, a Senior Departmental Supervisor within the GPHC.

Some of the nurses during the protest. [iNews' Photo]
Some of the nurses during the protest. [iNews’ Photo]
He said that the nurses intend to continue their protest action until the decision taken by GHPC’s management has been rescinded. Additionally, the nurses also want Dr Zulfikar Bux to be fired.

“Dr Bux is the doctor in charge of the accident and emergency unit and we are opposed to that so he must go and Mr Khan must go…they don’t know anything about nursing,” said Alonzo.

Keith Alonzo, a Senior Departmental Supervisor within the GPHC. [iNews' Photo]
Keith Alonzo, a Senior Departmental Supervisor within the GPHC. [iNews’ Photo]
When asked about the predicament that the GPCH has found itself in given the absence of the nurses, Alonzo said that he is quite aware of what it means for operations at GPHC.

“Nurses from every department, from paediatrics, from A&E, maternity they are all here…it will greatly affect the operations,” said the Supervisor.

Attempts made by iNews to contact Michael Khan for a comment on the issue proved futile.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Fired their asses they took an oat to save lives ,and we are talking about risking people lives here .there are better ways to deal with issues rather than every two to three weeks they are protesting for every little thing .there are lots of single mothers ,jobless young people who would take their jobs more seriously if given the opportunity ,so the minister should start looking at other options loke that and let those who can’t be focus on duty go

  2. I had a relative there today. The Nurses at the emergency unit stayed back with the doctors and took care of my relative and all the really sick patients there. Kudos to the nurses and doctors at the emergency unit. Its a shame that those that protested allowed the sick to suffer while they were aiming their grievances.

  3. I had a relative there today. The Nurses at the emergency unit stayed back with the doctors and took care of my relative and all the really sick patients there. Kudos to the nurses and doctors at the emergency unit. Its a shame that those that protested allowed the sick to suffer while they were aiming their grievances.

  4. What is happening to the patients?. Is it right to protest and leave the sick unattended?. Reports were that most of the Nurses stayed back and took care of the patients…kudos to them

  5. They should be ashamed that they are protesting and patients are suffering. Kudos to the Nurses that stayed and worked with the doctors to ensure patients were taken care of

  6. I am sure they can address their grievances in another way. What about the sick people. Makes me wonder.

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