Medical school staff not paid for months


Over 45 staff of the University of Health Sciences Antigua (UHSA) in Piccadilly have not been paid for months.

The employees who spoke to us on the strict condition of anonymity asked that they not be named because they are not authorised to speak to the media on the issue.

The University held meetings with the staff to tell them of the financial situation of the company, the last update being two weeks ago when the company promised to bring in some new investors.

Some have not been paid since March some low-level staff was paid in April but the bulk of the workers including faculty staff are finding it hard to get by.

“People are just pulling their hairs out so I don’t know.”

One staff told Antigua Newsroom that bills, including car and mortgage payments, have become due.

They have received no word on when and if they will be paid.

According to the staff, APUA disconnected electricity at the main campus and at the free clinic in English Harbour and school is now running on generators.

The workers accuse the HR department of being uncaring.

“I am telling you it is frustrating. We just need somebody to help,” one worker said.

It is alleged that students are also owned money although the details on this are not clear.

ANR reached out to several departments of the school for a response. An automatic email message indicated that it was received. However, there was no response to our questions at the time of this publication.

The school has operated in Antigua and Barbuda since 1983.



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  1. Where is DR. DEBORAH ROBINSON-AKANDE?? Her dental office is GENTLE DENTAL on High Street. Is that still open? Why not use some of the money she earns from her dental practice to pay her staff??

    Nothing is worse than working hard all week/month and not getting paid in due time. I hope the staff takes some swift industrial action.

  2. This article sounds like an amateur blog post. When was the school contacted, why not wait for a response? Sounds like half gossip.

    • The owner/s do NOT communicate with staff. Why would they talk to the media? Who feels it knows it. Even the students dont get their loan refunds to this day. No sense trying to live like the Joneses if you cannot keep up with them.

  3. I’m one of the 100 affected students who she, Dr. Akande owes me money. I have all the evidence to prove this situation.

      • Only to wait. I want to clarify that are 100 or more students (dont know the quantity of students who are matriculated at the school) that are affected by this issue on regards the situation thats is happening at the school. In my situation and others students, they owes us the disbursment of the loans. We have been in communication to resolve this problem hoping that this problem can be resolved as soon is posible.

  4. The Story is completely true, the situation has gotten to the point that the students have lost the main funding source to cover Tuition and expenses for the coming semesters. The administration has failed miserably.

      • No options have been offered as of this moment, the same story has been offered time and again by the administration. Supposedly they are working on it but the students are left in limbo.

        • All I can say is sorry. That’s very unfortunate. Hopefully things work out. Are there students on the island?

    • What does Gaston Browne have to do with a privately run medical school. Chupz aru put politics in every damn thing

  5. The woman and her son travel like celebrities back and forth and around the world. That’s why. They do NOT care about anyone else. The late founder must be rolling over in his grave. All must suffer while they spend lavishly to try and maintain their “image” to the public.

      • The ex-wife of YELE?? He left Africa and started the school in 1981. Deborah and Adedayo ran the school to the ground with their over-spending and the makeup witch in Puerto Rico who controls their brains. YELE made a huge mistake in marrying Deborah. He should have stayed in his tribe.

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