Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie says a review of the staff positions at infirmaries across the island is being undertaken to remove those who treat residents poorly.
Mr McKenzie said “our infirmaries are infested with a certain kind of culture” that is manifested in some of the staff showing “no regard for the people in their care.”
The Minister was speaking at the monthly meeting of the St Ann Municipal Corporation (SAMC) on Thursday (May 10). He said he had got complaints from the infirmaries that made him “cry inside”.
Mr McKenzie said the best staff should be made available to the poor. He said some of the staff were robbing the people in their care. He said he was giving “clear warning” that “we are going to be reviewing the employment of all of these individuals…” He said this would come in the new Poor Relief Act.
“It is going to be a total cleansing of the situation,” Mr McKenzie said.
The Local Government Minister said one of the first things to be done is that closed circuit television (CCTV) would be installed “in every infirmary across the country so we can see the disadvantage being meted out to the residents.”
At the same meeting, Mr McKenzie gave recognition to what he called the hardworking staff of the Poor Relief Department. He presented tablet computers to staff and a computer system for the office to improve working conditions.