8 Jan 2010

Doctors in PNG threaten to resign en masse

5:15 pm on 8 January 2010

Doctors in Papua New Guinea have threatened to resign en masse if the government fails to sign an industrial agreement by Sunday.

According to the Post Courier, the National Doctors Association made the threat on Monday after the signing of a memorandum of understanding over the doctors' salary structure was aborted in November.

The President of the doctors' union Dr Kauve Pomat says it has given seven days notice for the Department of Personnel Management and Department of Health to reach an MOU or doctors will collectively walk off their jobs.

He says national doctors wish to break free from what they believe is the suppression and abuse of the single colonial salary structure, a system they believe doesn't recognise professions but instead makes the administrators the highest paid public servants.