Jamaica will soon have more critical care nurses as the Ministry of Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government to train 13 Critical Care Nurses, beginning next month.
It was signed on Thursday by Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton and Chief Medical Officer of the UK and Northern Ireland, Professor Sally Davies, at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Health Ministry is seeking to double the number of trained critical care nurses, which is currently between 18 and 20 annually.
In making his Sectoral presentation earlier this month, Dr. Tufton noted that as a short-term measure, the Government will pursue bilateral arrangements for the recruitment and training of healthcare professionals, including nurses.
The 13 Registered Nurses and two Nurse Educators will leave the island next month for five months of clinical experience at Leeds Teaching Hospital in the UK.
They will return to Jamaica in November for final examination and be retained in the local workforce for a period not less than two years.