The Ministry of Health is in a race against time to settle the simmering contract dispute with the island’s doctors.

The contracts of more than 100 doctors are set to expire at midnight tonight.

Another cohort of doctors are also refusing to sign six month and one year contracts offered to them by the Health Ministry.

This is said to be in breach of the Heads of Agreement between the doctors and the government.

President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, Dr. Mindi Fitz-Henley, is currently meet with the management of the South East Regional Health Authority, SERHA, in an effort to avert a disruption to the health system.

Ricardo Brooks has been tracking the story.

After a meeting on Tuesday with Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, and senior Ministry officials, the island’s doctors remain restive.

JMDA president, Dr. Mindi Fitz-Henley told our news center that negotiations are on going.

She says the issues remain a top priority for the doctors as the midnight deadline looms.

Our news center understands that among the issues which remain unresolved after Tuesday’s meeting, are matters related to Covid-hazard pay, payment for interns who worked on weekends and gratuity.

Dr. Fitz-Henley is dismissing suggestions that the situation is as a result of doctors being unable to travel overseas because of the pandemic, leading to an oversupply in the system.

The JMDA boss says she is trying to remain hopeful that the matter can be resolved.

She says the island’s doctors feel they are being poorly treated.

Repeated calls to Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, were not answered.

The clock is now ticking for a resolution.