'I want my pension' - Nurse wants your help to put case in front of UK parliament
A Jamaican woman who has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years is asking the public to sign an online petition in order for her to secure her pension.
Barbara Verey needs 100,000 signatures for her matter to be brought before Britain's parliament to look into her claim that she was wrongfully dismissed from her job as a nurse in one of the UK's National Health Service's (NHS) hospital.
Verey, who attained the position of junior sister while working at the hospital, told THE STAR that she was suspended indefinitely after she refused to sign off on a student nurse's job placement.
She said the student nurse didn't work for the required five weeks.
"I had seen that student nurse for only two days. So I could not say that I see her for the five weeks placement, because I would be committing fraud," Verey said.
She said after refusing to sign off on the placement for the student nurse, things started to go downhill.
"They say that I didn't admit patients and that I shouted after the nurses," Verey said.
"So after that, I parted ways with them. I told them I wanted my pension and then I got a letter saying that I was employed as a physiotherapist. I have been at the same hospital as a nurse for nearly 20 years and they are telling me that I am a physiotherapist."
The woman, who is originally from St Thomas and now lives in Old Harbour, St Catherine, is of the view that a physiotherapist would be entitled to a lower pension that someone like her who was a junior sister and contributed to her pension.
"I just want the matter to go to parliament so I can get my right pension," Verey said
Under an e-petitions system that was set up in July 2015, Britons are able to get matters discussed in parliament if their petitions get a minimum of 100,000 signatures.
"They denied me due process," said an irate Verey, who among other things is upset that an NHS official described her as schizophrenic.
She is upset that after retiring, she was given a lump sum payment of £45,000, which she believes to be short of at least £15,000. In addition, Verey said she is being paid a pension of just over £400 per month, a figure she said is less than that paid to health-care assistants who have retired.
"It takes five to six months after you have retired and applied for pension benefits for them to complete the processing. I got my money within one month of applying and nobody from human resources has sat with me to go through it," Verey said.
Verey showed THE STAR a certificate she obtained from Kingston University in the London after she completed her degree in nursing in 2003.
However, the THE STAR has not been furnished with proof that she was employed as a nurse at the mentioned hospital.
If you would like to sign the petition, visit www.change.org/p/prime-minister-s-office-justice-for-a-nurse