Government is laying off the 16 security officers currently assigned to Peebles Hospital to improve security services at the medical facility.
Health Minister Ronnie Skelton gave that indication on Thursday while confirming that the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) is outsourcing the hospital’s security contract to a more competent unit.
The move might be more costly to the hospital, the minister said.
“It’s more about security at the hospital, especially during times of critical patients. The money sometimes might take a back seat,” Skelton said in the House of Assembly.
He said government plans to publicly advertise and invite companies to vie for the contract of providing security to the state-owned hospital.
Minister Skelton also said the entire process will last six months and at the end of that period, the current security unit at the facility will be sacked.
However, Skelton said each security guard that is laid off will receive the appropriate ‘entitlements’ such as severance pay.
He also said they will have the option of transferring to other departments within the BVIHSA or seek employment with the new security firm that will be selected.
The outgoing security officers have expressed surprise and disappointment about losing their jobs.
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