Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 November 2009

Nigeria: FG Approves New Salary Structure for Medical Workers

The Federal Government yesterday approved the implementation of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for all medical workers ending the alleged discrepancies in the payment of salaries.

Health minister Professor Babatunde Osotimehin who made this known yesterday at a press briefing said the new salary structure is meant for pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists, physiotherapists, radiology/imaging scientists and optometrists, assuring however that nurses and other health workers in the federal medical agencies will not be left out.

He explained that the new approval is in addition to the previous decision made by the government to implement the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) to cater for medical and dental officers in the federal agencies last September.

His words, 'This once more lends credence to the sincerity of the Government of the day in keeping to its promises. The approval is in line with the understanding reached with the Inter Agency Committee with which the umbrella body of the professionals (Joint Health sector Unions) negotiated and agreed on the new structure.

'The Inter Agency Committee is the body that was set up by the Government in response to the agitations by workers in the entire health sector to dialogue and bring about the much desired peace and sanity in the sector'.

The Joint Health Sector Unions had threatened a nationwide industrial action further when the government approved the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) which did not cater for other health unions.

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