Chevon Campbell tells us more

The Government is allocating an additional $10-billion to the public health sector as part of a $33-billion increase in budgetary expenditure.

This increases the budget to just over $867 billion.

An additional 5-billion dollars more has also been allocated to the most vulnerable under the Social and Economic Recovery with the Vaccines, the SERVE Jamaica programme.

This was announced by Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

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Thirty-three billion dollars of much-needed relief.

Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke says the increased allocation comes at a time when the country remains in the throes of a serious crisis.

The expenditure is comprised of increases to recurrent non-debt expenditure of $27.5 billion and interest payment of $5.5 billion.

The Finance Minister says the lion’s share will go towards health care and assisting the most vulnerable through the SERVE Jamaica programme.

The health sector specifically will get just over 10-billion dollars including an allocation for incentive payments for COVID-19 healthcare workers.

The most vulnerable, who’ve been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, will also get much-needed relief.

The Finance Minister also announced additional allocations for public sector wage settlements totaling $2.7 billion and $1.7 billion to the police department to address critical expenditure.