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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, October 3, 2015
The Tobago Regional Health
Authority (TRHA) has signed the
new salary agreement for doctors
The simple signing ceremony
was held at the conference room
of the TRHA at the Bobtail Build-
ing, Mt Marie, Scarborough, on
The agreement covers the period
2009 to 2011 and 2012 to 2014. It
will see a salary increase of 21 per
cent. Speaking to the media, chief
executive officer of the TRHA,
Brent Murphy said, the act was
"For far too long we agree that
this has been outstanding and it
gives us great pleasure to finally
do the needful and move forward
with the business of taking care
of the health of the people of Toba-
go and by extension Trinidad and
"We do not want to delay it
anymore because this is long over-
due" Murphy said.
For the past two weeks, the doc-
tors who have been working on
2008 salaries, held lunch time
protests calling for the TRHA board
to sign the agreement so that their
remuneration packages would be
on par with their counterparts in
Vice president of the Public
Service Association (PSA) Christo-
pher Joefield said the journey had
been a bruising one.
"We recognise that the two peri-
ods 2009 to 2011, the salary
increases being nine per cent, and
2012 to 2014, 12 per cent, will bring
the doctors in a better place in
terms of their salaries with their
counterparts in Trinidad.
"We also recognise that the tar-
diness associated with these nego-
tiations is an indictment on the
management of the board regard-
ing their commitment to ensuring
that workers, not only the doctors
but the workers in the RHA gen-
erally, that they are not discrim-
inated against in matters of terms
and conditions of employment"
Joefield said the period from
January to October 2015 would
be brought to the table for res-
olution soon, and it was hoped
that it would be dealt with speed-
ily.New salary payments will start
by the end of October, while the
payment of arrears will commence
by January 2016.
The Children s Authority says that
citizens have a right to report any
mistreatment of children.
Public education and communica-
tions manager of The Children s
Authority Cheryl Moses-Williams said
if there were concerns about the treat-
ment of children these should be
reported to the authority.
Moses-Williams said this after a
video on Facebook which showed the
questionable treatment of children at
a pre-school and day care in the
East/West corridor was brought to its
The video, sent to a T&T Guardian
reporter, showed a caretaker surround-
ed by five young children between the
ages of three and seven years.
In the video the caretaker is seen
throwing water on the naked body of
what appears to be a young girl while
the other naked youngsters wait for
The area is cluttered with what
appears to be pieces of furniture or
"They need to make a report to the
hotline which is 996 or 800-2014. If
they (citizens) are concerned about
an activity, if a situation of abuse aris-
es, then report it to the hotline," she
Moses-Williams said even journal-
ists, who might stumble upon ques-
tionable activities, must take action.
"It is important to take action on
seeing wrongdoings. We all have to
be responsible and take it. It is incum-
bent upon you to step in whether it
is the police or the Children s Author-
ity. It is important," she said.
Investigations are ongoing.
A concerned neighbour said: "Every
day they bathe these children, all
naked together boys and girls outside
the school. There is no door in the
bathroom and no door in the toilet.
It s not right to strip these little chil-
dren every day in the open like that
and bathe them."
The neighbour, who refused to be
named, said other residents and
strangers can see them from buildings
opposite the day care which is near
the Priority Bus Route.
"My concerns are ... bathing naked
boys and girls ages from three and up
in the open. The place is unsanitary
and there is broken glass, broken tiles
and pipes," she said.
"No child is suppose to be treated
like that, lining up to take a shower."
Antonia De Freitas, first vice pres-
ident of the T&T Unified Teachers
Association, said the Children s
Authority Act makes provision for the
protection of children and for those
who mistreated them to face the nec-
"The Ministry of Education set
standards for criteria which are sup-
posed to be met in caring for the chil-
dren," she said.
TRHA, PSA sign new
agreement for doctors
Children's Authority to
probe day care centre
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