Here is a statement from Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Executive President Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland regarding the late payment of Risk Allowance to QEH staff for the period April to June 2021.
âWe have communicated to our staff that we are indeed late in paying the risk premium due for the period April 1 to June 30, 2021. However, all staff received their regular salaries on time, as is the case of the finance department. from Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
âThe Risk Payment is a quarterly bonus payment made to staff working as part of the COVID response. The board and government were of the view that while applause, donations and recognition are important sources of encouragement for staff, a tangible financial payment should be added in recognition that staff are going. beyond, often at the cost of great sacrifices.
âTo date, staff in the Isolation Centers, Accident and Emergency Department, Ambulance Service and Queen Elizabeth Hospital have received an additional two million seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars. [BBD $2 750 000.00] in addition to regular salary payments.
âAs we would have initiated the risk payment, we believe it is well deserved and we appreciate that the delays may have caused discomfort to our staff.
“We appreciate the fact that on September 16, 2021, the government would have gone to Parliament and provided additional additional funding to the Department of Health and Welfare and Queen Elizabeth Hospital to allow our resources to be released. to make these payments. .
âWe have also recruited additional staff within the finance department so that we can make these payments this week and not delay until the end of the month. In particular, we would like to thank the Barbados Nurses Association for their advocacy and our other union partners, and we will deal with individual grievance cases with them. “(RP)