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Health groups sign wage deal with government

Published:Friday | November 25, 2016 | 1:06 PM

Health professionals in the public sector are the latest group to sign a wage deal with the government.

Doctors attached to the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA), health, education and promotion officers as well as matrons and assistant matrons assigned to infirmaries have signed to accept a seven percent increase in salaries for the 2015/17 contract period.    

The groups signed the Heads of Agreement at the Ministry of Finance yesterday.

In addition to a salary adjustment, doctors will receive an increase in other financial benefits such as emergency duty and meal allowances.

Matrons and assistant matrons will receive increases for rental in lieu of quarters as well as duty, standby and tailoring allowances.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Rudyard Spencer, thanked the health groups for supporting the government’s wage deal.

Spencer said further discussions are to be had on the matter of a proposed shift system for the health sector.