Nursing students continue protest action; yet to meet with Health Minister


By Jomo Paul

Some of the nursing students protesting. [iNews’ Photo]
[] – Students from the Georgetown School of Nursing (GNA) on Wednesday February 25, continued their protest action against an attempt to relocate them from their current location in East Street.

The nurses commenced protesting last week after they learnt of the proposed plan to relocate them to the Kingston Annex. They are contending that they Annex at Kingston does not have the capacity to host the more than 406 students.

Speaking to iNews in the vicinity of the Office of the President this afternoon, a representative from the Kingston Annex of the Nursing Students Association made it clear that the facility is ill equipped to facilitate all of the students.

“I don’t see where this is going with the entire Kingston school that they said has a lot of space, I don’t see the space.”

The representative pointed out too that the Kingston annex is without some very basic necessities to facilitate the learning process for the nurses and the move would mean an additional strain on the already strung out resources.

She said “we don’t have a practical room…we don’t even have a Library.”

The students indicated that they have been unable to meet with the Minister of Health or any officials since the protest action started.

“They are shunning us!” exclaimed one of the protesting nursing students.

At present, the students plan to protest until they receive a satisfactory reply from the Ministry of Health.