Significant progress made with TRHA management1

In Photo: TRHA CEO – Sheldon Cyrus (left) and his executive management,

meet with TTRNA President – Idi Stuart (right) and Tobago branch executive.

Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) has made remarkable progress over the last three (3) months since entering into frank, open and honest deliberations with the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA).

On Monday 20th January 2020, the Association came one step closer into resolving some of the major issues affecting nurses employed within the region. Brief update is as follows:

1. Cluster Nurse Manager (CNM) position remains on the organizational structure
TTRNA would have been notified by our members of the attempts by the region, to suppress the position of the CNM. After TTRNA involvement, some targeted action, and subsequent cordial meetings with management, we are pleased to report the position of the CNM is to remain and additionally, the filling of three (3) Night Nursing Supervisor positions.

2. Acting Head Nurse appointments
Our members would have complained to the union that they would have been working without a formal appointment letter as Head Nurse, Acting or otherwise. Understandably this proved extremely worrisome, especially since they were also not being paid for acting in these positions. TTRNA is pleased to report, all Head Nurses have now been given their official letters of appointment.

TTRNA will continue to update members as discussions continue in relations to some other issues namely:

  • DHV travelling and kilometric allowances
  • TTRNA push for permanent employment for Nursing and Midwifery Staff.
  • Owed Gratuity and Allowance payments.
  • Full complement of Nursing Supervisors

TTRNA thanks the CEO – Sheldon Cyrus, for continuing to open the channels of communication between the nurse’s union and the region. As a key stakeholder, TTRNA will continue working to improve the delivery of care to the citizens of Tobago, through improving the professional competence and socio-economic lives of those who are expected to the deliver that care.


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