The exodus of local nurses has continued unabated, with about 240 leaving for jobs overseas in the last nine months.
The latest figure was revealed by Carmen Johnson, President of the Nurses' Association of Jamaica (NAJ), who is describing their departure as a big hit to the local public health sector which employs just over 3,000 nurses.
Ms. Johnson said most of those who have left are specialist nurses. She says money is a major motivating factor.
The NAJ President noted when nurses work for a month and cannot earn the equivalent of US$1,000, and someone offers them US$3,000, they are going to go. Ms. Johnson said many have gone to the United Kingdom and North America.