Medical Workers in Gov't Will Have Pay Hike Priority

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Medical Workers in Gov't Will Have Pay Hike Priority


Medical workers in the government's employ will be "seeded first'' in the new payscale bill for state employees which will be submitted to Congress, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. said.

"Doctors and nurses will be getting substantial pay increases,'' Andaya said.

"This is in recognition of the vital job they're doing, and admittedly to prevent them from seeking career options outside the government,'' he said.

But Andaya conceded that whatever the new salary for a government doctor will be, "it will not probably match what London or New York will be offering.''

"The least we can hope is that the new pay, if the temptation is really irresistible, will delay their migration,'' he said.

"The fact is a nurse in the United States gets paid more than what our President is getting,'' Andaya said, referring to the R57,000 basic monthly salary of the country's number one official, which is equivalent to just over $1,000.

At present, there are 4,292 doctors in the national government plantilla, plus 7,907 nurses, 421 midwives and 260 "radiologic technologists.''

Doctors are categorized in eight "salary grades,'' with the lowest, the entry level Medical Officer I getting a basic pay of R12,546 a month while the highest, a Rural Health Physician, getting a basic monthly pay of R20,823.

Half of the doctors in the national government are holding Medical Officer III positions, an item that entitles one to a basic pay of R15,841 a month.

As to nurses, the entry level Nurse I, of which there are 4,090 in the national government, pays R9,939 a month, while a Midwife I, which is the entry-level position in that class pays R7,606 a month. …

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