Four other staff members of the Georgetown Public Hospital’s finance department were given letters of dismissal last Friday in what the management said was an effort to streamline the department’s work.
On January 31 the administration of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), had fired Asset Clerk, John Lucas. It had said that Lucas, who was on probation at the time, had not been kept because the project for which he had been employed was almost completed.
Since then one other employee, Accounts Clerk, Navindra Umadas, who had been moved to the stores, was dismissed when the administration said he failed to comply with an instruction.
On Friday, Accounts Clerk Rohan Parbhoo, Fixed Assets Clerks, Annette Lowtan, Vishwa Pooran and Fixed Assets Co-ordinator Annie Ramnarine were also issued letters of dismissal.
Efforts to contact the hospital on the dismissals proved futile.
According to GPSU President, Patrick Yarde, the dismissals were carried out without due process and procedure.
Vice President of the union, Karen Vansluytman said that the employees were not warned, nor were they given a chance to be heard or to appeal their dismissals.
The current conditions at the hospital, Yarde said, had seen several resignations beside the dismissals.
“If you check the records you will be surprised to see the amount of resignations that have occurred within that institution, the amount of services that were terminated because people just show total disregard for the relationship and they left the job.”