By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — Nurses on the island of Nevis have received their increase in salary retroactive from June 01, 2020.
That announcement was made by the Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), the Hon. Mark Brantley at his monthly press briefing Thursday in Charlestown.
“The salary upgrade promised to our nursing staff has been delivered. Some 70 plus staff members will receive payment retroactive from June 01, 2020”.
Brantley who is also the Senior Minister of Health in the NIA said “Our Nurses continue to be an integral part of the delivery of healthcare and we feel that it is important that we adequately remunerate them particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Premier Brantley had explained previously that there had been some compensation disparities regarding the type of qualifications nurses held and their years of service. There were also issues relating to retired nurses who had to be brought back into the workforce to help alleviate the shortage of nurses on the island.
The Finance Minister said the NIA was awaiting the go-ahead from the Public Service Commission to implement salary adjustments for nurses on the island.