Junior doctors to be paid Wednesday

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Accra, June 29, GNA – Sixty- four junior doctors out of the 91 who have not been paid their salaries for the past 11 months are expected to be paid today, Wednesday July 29, as promised by Employment Minister, Mr Harruna Iddrisu.

Mr Iddrisu has also indicated that the remaining 27, whose names were not on the mechanised pay roll system of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) would be captured for processing.

“Work is in progress for 64 of the doctors to be paid on Wednesday July 29, at 1630 hours, whiles the Controller works on permanent ways to address those covering remaining 27 to have their eleven months arrears paid by the end of August,” Mr Haurna said when he briefed the Media and the Junior Doctors after a discussion led by the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Victor Bampoe.

He assured the remaining 27 that government would by Wednesday July 29 at 1400 hours find a mechanised system through their various heads of institutions to pay them some compensation.

Mr Haruna however advised heads of medical institutions to present names of doctors due for housemanship two months earlier before the completion of the Medical School to prevent further inconveniences.

Dr Nana Kissi Atefah, leader of the group advised his colleagues to remain resolute and wait for positive feedback on Wednesday.

“We are reasonable people, and we can wait by 1630 hours on Wednesday based on the agreement we have had,” he said.

Ninety-one doctors who have been unpaid for 11 months picketed at the offices of CAGD last Monday press home their grievances amidst heavy security presence.