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Health Commissioner Davis Re-Assures Protesting EMTs That Their Actions Are Covered By Insurance

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Health Commissioner Michelle Davis

CHRISTIANSTED — Health Commissioner Dr. Michelle Davis met with protesting Emergency Medical Service technicians as they held an impromptu job action in front of the Charles Harwood Hospital in Estate Richmond on Thursday afternoon.

The EMS job action was broadcast live via Facebook and shared with readers of the Virgin Islands Free Press and the V.I. Connections closed group on Facebook in real time as it was happening yesterday.

Davis and her Executive Team met with the EMS staff on Thursday and re-assured EMS workers that their actions are covered by the government’s self-insurance plan when it comes to emergency workers helping people in life and death situations after an accident.

EMS workers carrying placards on the sidewalk in front of Charles Harwood said that they were concerned because the government does not have a formal insurance policy to cover their on-the-job actions.

Davis told the EMS workers that she is working closely with Property and Procurement Commissioner Randolph Bennett on the issue and that the same laws that protect police and fire services employees also apply to EMS workers who are doing their duty.

“Per the VI Code, the Government is self-insured and thus provides protection for any employee driving a government vehicle; under the Tort Claims Act, all EMS employees are immune and bear no liability,” Davis said.

To view what the EMTs protest looked like on Thursday, please click on the link below:

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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