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Posted: Monday, July 6, 2020. 6:34 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) is calling on the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) to reconsider its decision to lay off doctors from the hospital as a cost-saving measure.

The BMDC issued a statement today noting that it understands the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for all businesses and institutions to curtail expenses, but the association does not believe that such a measure should come at the cost of public safety.

“What we cannot understand and do not accept is that medical doctors, key in providing vital care to poor Belizeans, be taken away from them,” the association said.

The BMDA also stressed that, at this critical time in the global pandemic, Belize needs as many front line medical personnel as possible. The association called upon all health sector stakeholders to get involved in having the situation reevaluated.

The KHMH made headlines earlier this year when two doctors who were employed part-time at the hospital received their letters of termination. We reached out to the KHMH for comment; however, the Chief Executive Officer was unavailable at the time.

This is a developing story.

 

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