Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has revealed that the freeze on filling vacancies in the public sector for one year can be waived in cases of emergency.
He stressed to permanent secretaries that the freeze is in place but in an emergency situation where specialists are required, the freeze could be thawed.
Rowley predicted the next Cabinet note he will receive would be a plea to vary that position, to allow for the hiring of an important person in the health system.
The PM explained that every year in the budget, for every ministry, there is a stack of posts deemed vacant but provision is made to fund. He said, however, these posts are hardly filled yet the money is used in other areas.
He said this measure “would remove the ease and flexibility of putting money from one place to another when it wasn’t required there in the first place. So it will bring tighter and better management to the system.”
According to the PM: “This is a case of necessity being the mother of that decision.”