The government has announced a review of health sector-specific allowances and also introduced non-monetary benefits in a bid to cushion the workers from the biting economy. Health workers last week embarked on industrial action to push the government to review its salaries and improve working conditions. Pindula News presents a statement issued by Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube on Monday 27 June 2022:
With particular regard to the Health Services Sector, Government has reviewed upwards the Health Sector-Specific Allowances in the following areas: –
• On-Call Allowances, which apply to Doctors and Laboratory Scientists;
• Night Duty, Stand By / Callout Allowances, which apply to Nurses, Nurse Aides and General Hands in theatre;
• Nurse Managers Allowances;
• Special Health equalisation factor which applies to all eligible staff;
• Covid and Infectious Disease Risk Allowances.
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In addition, the Government has reviewed the non-monetary benefits for the Health Sector including the following: –
• provision of institutional housing for health workers starting with Harare and Bulawayo;
• provision of housing loan guarantees;
• provision of efficient transport facilities, starting with Referral / Central Hospitals
• addressing deficiencies in the cafeteria system and re-operationalising the system; and
• Local production and sourcing of uniforms for health personnel.