Agitated Junior doctors to be paid today

Barring any last minute changes some ninety-one aggrieved junior doctors from across the country, should have their eleven months accumulated salaries hit their account today, Wednesday, July 29.

This was the promise government gave on Monday July 27, when the doctors in a rather unprecedented protest in the labor front, picketed in their medical apparels at the precincts of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, to demand their unpaid salaries.

The incident nearly turned murky as over fifty police officers arrived at the scene in an attempt to disperse the doctors for converging illegally.

Government through the Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu, later promised that some monies will hit the doctors’ accounts after a meeting with officials of the  Controller and Accountant General’s Department and leadership of the doctors.

Government says over two million cedis is to be released to settle the salary arrears.

Initially,  government and the Controller and Accountant General had agreed to settle 64 doctors out of the 91 while the remaining 27 will be paid later in August.

Again, government proposed that out of the 27 doctors to be paid in August, 17 will be paid in the early part of August.

But the junior doctors rejected that arrangement insisting to be paid fully at a go.

The doctors were angered and encouraged by the fact that their colleagues at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, KATH, who protested were paid their monies not long ago.

By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/3news.com/Ghana

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