The government has served notice that agitated junior medical doctors will be paid their 11 months’ salary by the first week of August.
About 91 junior doctors have expressed their dissatisfaction with the controllers of Ghana’s purse over their unpaid salaries and have threatened to abandon the wards to picket at the Controller and Accountant General’s Department.
But the Finance Minister has assured them their plight will cease in two weeks’ time.
‘I can assure them… in two weeks’ time, those whose clearances have been forwarded and awaiting financial credit would be paid,’ Seth Terkper told Accra-based Joy FM.
Terkper noted the delay was due to the current remuneration system.
‘The reason being once you leave school, you are posted, you go to your district and you start the application process. In your district, that paper work – and it is manual – is brought all the way to the region and to the national. Then they are put together and someone has to input them before it interfaces with the payroll. This is what is causing the delay.
‘For the teachers and the health workers who are going to be posted before next year, the solution is to pay them salaries in advance so that at least every month they know they are having something in advance until they are processed,’ Terkper opined.
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