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Under strain BVIHSA issues urgent vacancies for COVID-19 support staff

- Qualified medical practitioners asked to apply ‘as soon as possible’ as main hospital under additional strain
The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has issued urgent vacancies for trained and experienced health care workers; as well as retired clinicians to join its COVID-19 Clinical Locum Bank. Photo: VINO/File
Acting CEO Cedorene P. Malone-Smith in response to the strain has requested that a COVID-19 Clinical Locum Bank be established immediately aimed at sustaining the BVI Health Services Authority’s ability to continue to respond effectively to the current COVID 19 outbreak.
Acting CEO Cedorene P. Malone-Smith in response to the strain has requested that a COVID-19 Clinical Locum Bank be established immediately aimed at sustaining the BVI Health Services Authority’s ability to continue to respond effectively to the current COVID 19 outbreak.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has issued urgent vacancies for trained and experienced health care workers; as well as retired clinicians to join its COVID-19 Clinical Locum Bank.

The Authority issued the call via a press release today, July 14, 2021, noting “this initiative is aimed at quickly acquiring critically needed medical human resources to better respond to the current COVID 19 outbreak.”

The reasoning giving for the urgent need for more staff, according to the BVIHSA, is the recent upsurge of COVID 19 cases in the territory.

Significant hardships in BVI

According to the Authority, the virus surge “has also affected the staff complement of the Health Services Authority leaving the organisation, which is the leading medical service provider in the BVI, to operate under additional strain.

“This unfavourable situation has resulted in significant hardship for the employees of the BVIHSA who have been working under enormous pressure since the pandemic began in March of 2020,” the release stated.

Acting CEO Cedorene P. Malone-Smith, in response to the strain, has requested that a COVID-19 Clinical Locum Bank be established immediately. This is aimed at sustaining the BVI Health Services Authority’s ability to continue to respond effectively to the current COVID 19 outbreak.

According to Mrs Malone-Smith said, “As an organisation, we are constantly being tested and this unfortunate public health crisis is yet another hurdle we must overcome. Nonetheless, we remain committed to our motto that only ‘excellence counts’ even as we work through the significant challenges this situation has caused.”

Staff support urgently needed 

She said the Locum Bank is critical right now as it will not only provide urgently needed staff support but also ensure that the VI community receives the best medical care possible.

The Authority said that the Locum Bank is opened to all trained, qualified and registered healthcare workers in the territory, including senior and retired clinicians and that their role will be on an as-is-needed basis.

Interested persons can email the BVI Health Services Authority at tpenn@bvihsa.vg to request a registration form.

29 Responses to “Under strain BVIHSA issues urgent vacancies for COVID-19 support staff”

  • Thoughtful Sailor (14/07/2021, 18:09) Like (26) Dislike (10) Reply
    Will they be vaccinated? Requiring that of BVIHSA staff would have prevented much of the problem, in the first place.
  • SMH (14/07/2021, 18:16) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    That's the problem. The BVI waits until something happens to do something, BVI health always been short staffed so what you really think would of happen now that you're seeking covid support staff last minute. You guys so predicted this would happen so why weren't they hired and on standby.
    • dude (14/07/2021, 19:55) Like (21) Dislike (11) Reply
      Because they had Cuban help until the vaccines came which would've prevented serious illness and overwhelmed the ICU. They put faith in BVI persons being smart enough to understand what the vaccine was and how it would prevent this outbreak. Their only failure is believing in their own people to take responsibility.
  • wise up (14/07/2021, 18:26) Like (35) Dislike (26) Reply
    Taught they don’t like expat now they want us to help god don’t sleep
    • MY OPINION (14/07/2021, 20:01) Like (17) Dislike (11) Reply
      @ Wise up, please wise up. In my opinion, that comment makes no sense.
    • bvi (14/07/2021, 20:41) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
      Where did it say expats needed? I may have missed something. It is calling for qualified health professionals. You all make me sick with this expats vs locals nonsense. Grow the f... up
      • @bvi (15/07/2021, 13:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The expats are contributing the way they do with death,destruction and chaos.
    • Wow@wise up (14/07/2021, 21:23) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      You really have time to think on local or expats, strupes. Everybody blood is red. Stop being childish. You just as bad as the people you think are hating on expats.
    • not suprise (15/07/2021, 01:43) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      ALL GOD EYES OPEN NOW , THEY HITTING HARD AND DOWN GRADING EXPARTS NOW U NEED THEIR HELP ,LET THOSE IN MANAGEMENT COME DOWN TO WORK , TREAT YOUR STAFF LIKE HUMANS NOT LIKE ANIMALS , PAY THEM THIER DUES TREAT THEM GOOD , APPRECIATE THEM AND THEY WILL STAY.
    • @ Wise Up (15/07/2021, 13:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thr majority of unvaccinated are expats. Specifically Caribbean expats. If u don't help would you be thought i,of as doing a good deed ? Hmmm
  • De general (14/07/2021, 18:49) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Apply via Governor to get British VSO to augment staff.They were here in the 70 s and were great
  • Can help (14/07/2021, 19:32) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is there also need for non-medical personnel support for the HSA? I’m fully vaccinated and would be happy to help on weekends if there is a need. In the meantime we pray for strength and comfort for the people fighting for us on the frontline of this thing. They risk their lives daily to save and preserve ours. Please let us not be careless and contribute to the chaos.
  • Tolan (14/07/2021, 19:47) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I asked about the positions. They said come with your experience
  • hoa (14/07/2021, 20:07) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    There are 15 people in the HOA that are not busy these days because of the CoI. They should all report to the hospital, get fitted with plastic PPE and put to work in the Covid virus wards until this surge wanes. At least they will be doing something good for the BVI instead of just waiting for another CoI interview. Hope they all are fully vaccinated!
  • Dontstudythem (14/07/2021, 20:50) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    They got qualified people applications sitting on them for years and now begging people to go work in a crisis for them. Ayo best dont go. They want to push you frontline to hide behind the scenes.
  • See (14/07/2021, 21:21) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    Now we know the medical care here is some of the worst on the planet . Third world plus .
    • not suprise (15/07/2021, 01:54) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      ALL THOUGH I MAY SUPPORT YOU BUT HONESTLY THERE ARE STILL SOME GOOD NURSING AND MEDICAL STAFF REMAINING BUT THE PROBLEM IS WITH UPPER LEVEL MANAGEMENT , NO PRIORITIES ,AND WRONG ONES WRONG TIME.
  • not suprise (15/07/2021, 01:51) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    IF YOU DONT HAVE MONEY TO PAY THE STAFF U HAVE RIGHT NOW WHERE WILL U GET CASH TO PAY THOSE U ASKING FOR ,YOU HAD SOME OF THE BEST STAFF YOU COULD HAVE RETAINED BUT DUE TO THE FACT THAT YOU ALL IN MANAGEMENT TREAT THEM SO BAD LIKE ANIMALS AND NOT HUMAN THEY RUN AWAY, NOW YOU ALL ASKING FOR THE SAME EXPAT, NOW IF U NEVER HAVE MONEY TO PAY THE PRESENT STAFF WHERE ARE U GOING TO GET MONEY TO PAY THOSE U ASKING FOR ???????, SIT RE-THINK AND COME AGAIN MY LADY , U DIDNT THINK PROPER
  • pop (15/07/2021, 01:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just want to know if dentistry fall in there.
  • Judith Fahie (15/07/2021, 06:45) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's us local BVISLANDERS, always practicing after the race has been won, set of illiterate fools.
    The death toll will continue to rise because they are going about this the wrong way, no matter how much we pleaded and begged the population to take the jab if they don't want to we cannot make them take it, most minds have already made up.
    No island in the Caribbean will read herd immunity, not even Grenada who trying to make the jab mandatory.
    There are also medical personnel here who refuses to take the jab citing religious beliefs, I pleaded and begged my sister who is a nurse and she told me flat out no, as a Badventist/Sevendevil they don't trust the vaccine.
  • castro (15/07/2021, 09:52) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    When did the Cuban doctors leave?
  • Check (15/07/2021, 09:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So much staff there refuse to take the jab, if you really knew the amount you wouldn’t of take it! Lol
  • concern (15/07/2021, 11:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is the Lab Manager not being taken off of VACATION in this Crisis?
  • liat (15/07/2021, 13:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bring in LIAT and and continuous export of sick and deceased. People should be given the comfort of home when sick and for death.at home
  • LOCK DOWN (15/07/2021, 19:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The government knew we do not have the health resources to deal with such cases. However instead of shutting down to try to curtail the spread. They allowed it to get out of hand.

    The health care system is quickly overwhelm and people are dying. some want to blame the unvaccinated but that isnt it at all. The BVI isnt the only one had to go back into lockdown to save life look at Barbados.

    Alhough the vaccine help save life which I dont dispute, the main variable that should have been considered was the percentage of unvaccinated and the health care ability to deal with cases arising from that high percentage.

    The strain of the virus on the NHS was one major factor in UK's shutdown.

    I dont know who is the expert advising the BVI government but its time to level up on the science. No more room for trial and error too many will continue to die




  • The Woods (15/07/2021, 19:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Health Minister continually warns " we are not out of the woods" well my good Sir I prefer the woods because beyond the woods seem quite deadly.


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