12 Jan 2010

PNG doctors settle pay dispute

5:23 pm on 12 January 2010

Doctors in Papua New Guinea have reached an agreement with the Department of Health over a new pay package.

The National Doctors Association has been in discussions with the Department of Health on the signing of a memorandum of understanding over the doctors' salary structure, which was aborted in November.

Last week, doctors threatened to resign by Sunday if the government failed to sign a deal.

The Vice President of the National Doctors Association, Dr Joseph Garap, says doctors wanted a better pay package, including pay increases, and to break away from the single salary structure which is used for public services.

"It entails that what we've wanted in terms of our new salary, skills and structure, which will be implemented; which will include housing allowances and vehicle allowances which is something we didn't have before."

Dr Joseph Garap says the agreement will mean doctors will be graded according to the profession, where junior doctors can eventually move up the ranks to become a senior.