Jamaican Doctor Sues Cayman Centre For Women For Damages Loop Cayman Islands

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According to a Writ of Summons filed in the Grand Court on February 5, 2024, it was alleged that the employment of Dr Ayanna Ennis was wrongfully and unfairly terminated by the Centre For Women, Family And Child Health Ltd.  Dr Ennis is now seeking damages along with loss of salary and loss of income.

The Writ explained that Dr Ennis previously worked with Trincay Medical Centre and Urgent Care Ltd (“Trincay”) from April 1, 2018 under the tutelage of Dr Awardnath Howard Deosaran (“Dr. Deosaran”).

The Writ said that while the contract was a four-year contract ending on March 31, 2022, as a result of the separation arrangement with Trincay and Dr Deosaran, Dr Ennis allegedly agreed to transfer her employment to the Centre For Women, Family And Child Health Ltd. on May 2020 on the same terms and conditions of the employment with Trincay.

Allegedly, all the parties concerned treated the arrangement as a continuation of the employment. An updated contract was reportedly provided on April 1, 2022, but was not signed.

Regarding the updated contract, the Writ alleged that on December 21, 2023, Dr Ennis’ employment was wrongfully and unfairly terminated by the Centre For Women, Family And Child Health Ltd. in breach of sections 50 and 51 of the Labour Act (2021 Revision) and in breach of contract.

The Writ alleged that the Centre For Women, Family And Child Health Ltd. failed to give adequate notice to Dr Ennis and failed to have just cause to terminate Dr Ennis.

Allegedly, to date, Dr Ennis was not paid her salary to the date of dismissal, unpaid vacation leave, severance pay pursuant to section 40 of the Labour Act and damages for the wrongful dismissal.

The Writ said the termination caused irreparable damage to the Dr Ennis’ reputation and professional relationships within the medical fraternity and with patients.

In addition, Dr Ennis reportedly lost privileges at the Health Services Authority hospital.

The Writ further alleged that the failure of the Centre For Women, Family And Child Health Ltd. to pay her salary and benefits caused her undue stress and anxiety.

In connection with all of the foregoing, her alleged losses and damages set out in the Writ are as follows:

Loss of salary from July 2023 to January 31 2024 Cl$ 53,133.06Loss of income from private cases due to the Defendant Cl$ 10,000.00Reimbursement for malpractice insurance premium CI$ 12,927.00 (October 2023 -January 2024)Payment of invoice #791 due to Cayman Orthopaedics Cl$ 2,421.04Severance pay (CI$3,500 per week x 5 years) Cl$ 17,500.00Vacation days (CI$459.02 x 1.11) ci$ 509.51General Damages for wrongful dismissal (TBA)General Damages for breach of duty (health welfare and safety) (TBA)General damages for Negligence (TBA)

Note to readers:  The foregoing is a description of allegations only. An allegation is an assertion made by a party in legal proceedings that is still to be proven. It is a matter for the Court to hear from all parties and reach a decision based on the facts.