PHA Debunks Rumors of Junior Doctors Termination

11 December

Press Release
For Immediate Release
(Wednesday 11th December 2019)

 

 PHA Debunks Rumors of Junior Doctors Termination

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) denies the issuance of any letters of termination to any Junior Doctors in its employ.  No such actions have been taken, and there are no plans to terminate the employment of junior physicians.  Conversely, the PHA in collaboration with the Department of Public Health (DPH) is in the process of undertaking a matching program where they seek to align all eligible Junior Doctors transitioning to Senior House Officers for appointments in New Providence and Grand Bahama public health facilities.  This joint exercise between the PHA and DPH is being actioned to ensure equity throughout the deployment exercise.  Doctors, whether serving under the PHA or DPH will experience the same level of benefits, commensurate with the respective positions held.  Further details around the joint matching program, the application process, as well as timelines for the interview sessions will be publicized in due course.

The PHA believes that this approach will also result in a decrease demand for expatriate physicians, as the influx of new Bahamian Doctors will continue to reduce our need for foreign staff. Junior Doctors whose services have been engaged since July this year without a formalized letter of appointment, but who have been operating in the capacity of Senior House Officers will need to be officially regularized ahead of their appointment to SHO’s.  The PHA recognizes their efforts during this interim period and is in the process of making the necessary provisions to remunerate them for their service during their “acting period”.

Performance remains tantamount across the PHA in determining a clear career path for all its employees, inclusive of Junior Doctors and Senior House Officers.  In this regard, the PHA commits to the implementation of all necessary measures to ensure that accountable engagement is rendered.  In short, the PHA expects that all staff in its employ provide value to the Authority commensurate with their compensation.