Some 83 new posts are to be created in the Public Service in 2017.

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in presenting the 2017 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure in parliament yesterday said that these positions have been created to enhance service delivery to citizens of this country.

He said 52 new posts have been created in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, to strengthen hospital and community services as the modern medical complex in Georgetown and the polyclinics in Buccament and Marriaqua become operational this year.

Additional staff nurses were also allocated to the Mental Health Rehabilitation services.

The Prime Minister said seven posts have been created in the Ministry of Economic Planning to enhance the capacity of the labour and security inspectorate at the Labour Department in preparation for the implementation of the impending Health and safety reforms.

And the Ministry of Finance was allocated six new posts aimed at strengthening the administrative capacity at the Inland Revenue Department.

According to Dr. Gonsalves, the foreign office and research staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was augmented by five new positions to enhance the capacity of the department in the exercise of its function.

He said the remaining posts to be created this year includes, one executive officer at the Commercial and Intellectual Property Office, two school bus drivers in the Ministry of Transport and Works, one driver in the Ministry of Housing, a coordinator for cultural industries for the Department of Culture and an investment and promotion officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be located at the office of the Consul General in new York.

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