Jamaica doctors call in sick over gov't dispute

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Associated Press

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Hundreds of doctors in Jamaica have called in sick, forcing most public hospitals on the island to cancel elective surgeries and outpatient services.

Jamaica's health ministry said that most of the country's public hospitals were offering only emergency services on Thursday due to the protest by doctors.

Representatives of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association did not return calls for comment to explain the reasons behind the protest.

But Health Minister Fenton Ferguson told lawmakers that the protest was due to a "reclassification" adjustment by the government that would impact doctors' pay at public hospitals and clinics.

Ferguson says the ministry is closely monitoring the situation.

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