Health Services Amendment Bill before Parly

Online Desk |  6 months ago | local

The Health Services Amendment Bill, which will outlaw industrial action by health workers lasting more than three days, and upgrade the Health Services Board to a Commission, is now before Parliament.

Clause (3) of the bill will alter the membership of the Commission, so that it will have a maximum of seven and a minimum of four members, chaired by the chairperson of the Public Service Commission, and the rest will be appointed by the President upon recommendation from the responsible minister.

Clause (4) of the bill will put staff under control of the Secretary to the Commission, who will not be a member of the new Commission, but will sit in on its meetings.

The Bill also proposes the health services to be deemed an essential service as referred to in the constitution.