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Guyana: West Dem hospital staff protest over late pay, work conditions

Staff of the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) yesterday staged an early-morning protest over late salaries and the conditions they claim they are forced to work under at the hospital.

They also demanded a risk allowance alleging that even when someone attached to the hospital tests positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), that person is being told to continue working if they do not have symptoms of the disease.

Doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, and drivers, attached to the hospital were among dozens of persons that gathered on the Vreed-en-Hoop public road yesterday demanding the authorities address their concerns. They were heard loudly chanting, “Essential workers, essential pay! Zero per cent can’t work! We need money right now! We need money right now! Zero per cent can’t work.”

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