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GPHC now out of Aspirins … Parliament team, GPHC staff clash over drug bond

The Parliamentary Committee on Social Services today (May 3, 2017) found themselves at loggerheads with the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Kesaundra Alves, who refused to allow the members of the team from the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) into the institution’s drug bond for a site visit. Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee, ...

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PAHO/WHO conducting forensic audit of procurement by Health Ministry, Georgetown Hospital

The Pan American Health Organisaton/ World Health Organisation has dispatched an expert to audit the procurement process at the Ministry of Public Health and the state-run Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), the ministry announced Tuesday. “I found that it (the procurement process) was a bigger issue than I thought” Lawrence said during Tuesday’s early-morning meeting. “I didn’t think it was as ...

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Doctors’ contracts will not be broken and they won’t be forced to join public service

The Guyana government on Monday assured that it would not be breaking contracts with the hundreds of doctors that are being paid higher salaries and gratuities, even as officials appealed to the medical workers to transition to the permanent and pensionable establishment. “The government of Guyana is prepared to honour contractual agreements,” Permanent Secretary of the Public Service Department of ...

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Guyana’s Nicolette Henry elected to chair Caribbean mechanism against HIV/AIDS

The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) for the current three-year new Global Fund Project has elected Guyana’s Junior Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Nicolette Henry and  Prof. J. Peter Figueroa of The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus as the new Chair and Vice Chair. They were elected during the ...

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Medical Association enraged by scrapping of “young doctors” contracts

The Guyana Medical Association (GMA) Thursday night accused government of breach of contract by scrapping a five-year agreement with young doctors. “In addition to the apparent breach of contract, doctors are now being taxed on allowance for on Call services, which fall under overtime services,” the association said. The steering committee called on government to withdraw plans to abolish the ...

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Ministry probes ‘drug crisis’ at GPHC

by Gary Eleazar The Ministry of Public Health has launched a full scale investigation into the recent ‘drug crisis’ at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) that led to that entity having to procure in excess of half a billion dollars in drugs from pre-selected suppliers as a result of a shortage of drugs at the entity. This was confirmed ...

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Govt. taking steps to remedy Surinamese strain on Berbice Hospital

by Gary Eleazar Surinamese citizens trekking to Guyana to access free medical services at the New Amsterdam Hospital in Berbice, is among the concerns that have been raised with the administration as it looks to address the reported drug shortages at that institution. This was the disclosure made today (March 10, 2017) by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, as he ...

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Guyana gets funds to help reduce prison overcrowding, boost agriculture, improve business environment, improve health

Guyana has tapped into a US$8 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to help reduce prison overcrowding and speed up the delivery of justice, the Finance Ministry said in a statement. “It is anticipated that through this project, there will be a significant reduction of high concentrations of prison population in Guyana,” the Finance Ministry said in referring ...

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