Tufton Calls on Global Community to Nurses Shortage


Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton is once again calling on the nations of the world to pay urgent attention to what he says is a global shortage of healthcare workers, especially specialist nurses.

He was speaking at the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland this week.

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Countries like the United Kingdom and Canada, have been heavily recruiting specialist nurses from Jamaica further depleting our cadre of such professionals.

Minister Tufton has advanced a collaborative effort between Jamaica and the UK, that would see the two countries training and sharing nurses to respond to the shortages affecting them.

He also called for greater cooperation at the regional and international levels to enable countries, including Jamaica, to move towards the provision of universal health coverage.

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Minister Tufton also outlined Jamaica’s efforts in achieving universal health coverage.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.