Normal operations are to resume in health facilities across the island after scores of the nation’s junior doctors were out sick on Thursday.

A statement from the Ministry of Health late Thursday evening says health facilities will open as per normal at 8:00 a.m.

It says the decision was reached following a meeting of senior executives in the Ministry of Health and Wellness and members of the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association to discuss Thursday’s high rate of absenteeism among junior doctors in the public health system.

The Health Ministry says the meeting, which included participation from the JMDA executive team and stakeholders from the regional health authorities concluded with favourable outcomes.

Approximately 47 per cent of the junior doctors showed up for work on Thursday.

It follows their concerns over the contentious issue of 6-month contracts being offered to scores of junior doctors.