(CMR) Cayman Marl Road has received exclusive information that there are multiple layoffs occurring at CTMH Doctors Hospital with the possibility of upwards of 30 people who may be made redundant shortly.
Over the past week at least fifteen persons are reported to have been made redundant and received letters indicting their employment will end January 5. Our sources indicate that of the fifteen at least five are Caymanians. In at least one instance it is alleged that the Caymanian was expected to spend the rest of her tenure training a work permit holder. She refused and ended her employment immediately.
Some of the redundant positions include the Director of Nursing and Head of Operating Theater and now 2 physicians.
CMR has seen one of the redundancy letters which stated that final pay cheques would be ready on 5 January 2018 and would include all deductions including pension, health insurance, kitchen and pharmacy benefits etc. The letter did not state the reason for the redundancy and was signed by board members/management.
One source indicated that they were shocked by the news and everyone is worried about losing their jobs. They noted:
We are all concerned about losses in general but this is the worse possible time with Christmas right around the corner. Sadly, families are going to be placed under a lot of stress as result of the redundancies
With several on-island facilities offering medical services and surgery we understand that the staff reductions are likely due to a financial concerns.
We have been informed that there's an emergency board meeting last evening. The financial issues are impacting the holiday celebrations as well with the cancelling of the staff Christmas party after invitations were sent out and then subsequently recalled.
Ironically, today's Cayman Compass had two job adverts for the facility including a vacancy for a registered oncology nurse.
CTMH Doctors Hospital (formerly the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital) is a private, for-profit hospital in the Cayman Islands originally owned by Dr. Steve Tomlinson that originally opened in May 2000. However, he sold the hospital last May to a consortium of investors that included doctors working at the hospital.
The hospital is an eighteen bed, medical/surgical hospital specializing in surgical care.
CMR reached out to the management at CTMH Doctors Hospital and have not received a response by press time.