Govt hikes medical workers' salaries

HARARE - Government has gazetted that the least paid worker in the medical and allied industry should get $330 a month after the Daily News exposed scandalously low salaries in the sector.

Statutory Instrument 58 of 2014 gazette last Friday outlines new wages for workers in the medical and allied industry.

“The least paid employee in the medical and allied industry shall be paid a minimum wage of $330,” reads the government gazette.

“Where transport is not provided, the employer shall be obliged to pay an employee a total of $50 per month, being transport allowance.”

The medical and allied industry consists of workers from private hospitals and clinics, private pharmacies, private laboratories, private radiology services, private emergency medical services, doctors’ rooms, obstetrics, dermatology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, oncology and dentistry.

“This agreement is made and entered in accordance with the provisions of the Labour Act between the Medical and Allied Employers Association, the Medical Professional Allied Workers Union of Zimbabwe and other part being parties to the National Employment Council for the Medical and Allied Industry,” reads the gazette.

Earlier this month, Daily News revealed that junior doctors working in Zimbabwe’s public health institutions are earning $283 per month, an income which is way below the Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency’s poverty datum line of $511.

The doctors, who spend at least five years in Medical School, also receive on-call and house-call allowances at $70 and $129 respectively per month.

Those who opt not to stay at the hospitals where they work, receive an allowance of $250 each month, which will ultimately see them receive a total of $549 per month after factoring in deductions such as income tax or pay as you earn (Paye) and National Social Security Authority (Nssa) at $19,55, $6 and $26,14 respectively.

Those who reside at the hospital are not entitled to the $250 residential allowances, meaning they take home $297,75

The doctors are not free to find greener pastures as they are bonded to public health institutions for two years’ post-graduation.

The more senior specialist doctors earn anything between $1 000 and $1 400 per month, but most supplement their income by going into private practice where they run their own surgeries.

Comments (3)

If the salaries of doctors are what this report says they are then the lord save us all. This is the biggest scandal since Willowgate.Indeed it is actually worse than Willowgate.

gutter poet - 1 April 2014

Doctors , pilots are getting peanuts. Cuthbert Dube has the guts of paying himself $500 000.00 per month. Doctors check him if he is normal before he abuses the ZIFA board again. If he can not be checked, then the pilots, doctors and all professionals receiving peanuts salaries must be checked. Haana kumbotaura, haana kusungwa, anongofamba. zvakaoma. saka takarwira kuti tibirwe takatarisa here?

think - 2 April 2014

Not true.....Pane Health retention fund which also pays allowances to doctors and certain other medical staff eg pham techs,midwives,etc 1 Year post internship doctors get min take home of 800 to 1000 minimum. Add ma locum and most doctors see at least 1000 a month plus ALL Hospitals give either on site accomodation or pay rent for post internship doctors. At District Medical Officer/Provincial Medical Director level a vehicle with CMED fuel allocation every month is provided.

Wezhira Wezhara - 2 April 2014

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