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Committed to Locals

Joint Statement from the Ministry of Health

and the Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The Ministry of Health and the Health Services Authority Board of Directors reaffirms their commitment to create opportunities for Caymanians within the Health Services Authority (HSA).

This is being done through succession planning, staff development and active recruitment of qualified Caymanians for both clinical and non-clinical positions.

It has always been the HSA's policy to accommodate and hire suitably qualified and experienced Caymanians. Within the last year alone, the HSA has appointed 32 Caymanians to both clinical and non-clinical positions. These included an obstetrician/gynecologist, an emergency medical technician, a forensics analyst, a paramedic, a phlebotomist, an account assistant, a human resources officer, an executive secretary, several nurses and IT technicians.

Many existing Caymanian healthcare staff began their careers with the HSA through work experience programs, which the HSA continues to encourage. The hospital also pays special attention to attracting and retaining Caymanians with clinical qualifications.

Another key strategic initiative is developing a Virtual Learning Centre that will act as a career pathway programme involving local primary and high schools, as well as local and overseas universities. It will also build awareness of healthcare services and encourage, promote and recruit young Caymanians to the health sector.

In total, the hospital employs approximately 741 employees from 29 different countries. Over the past 3 years HSA has employed an average of 388 Caymanians, which represents approximately 52% of all employees in both clinical and non-clinical positions. 37% of the clinical positions and 69% on the non clinical positions are occupied by Caymanians. Additionally, over 50% of the H.S.A.'s management team is Caymanian.

While the HSA is always committed to giving Caymanians first choice when hiring, it is also mindful of the diverse and specialized skills that are required to meet the needs of the population. Therefore in some instances there will be a need to either recruit non-Caymanians or renew contracts of non-Caymanians in certain key positions in order that the level of service and patient care is not compromised.

The Ministry of Health and the HSA Board remain committed to work with and support management in their mission to provide quality healthcare to all residents of the Cayman Islands.