As at the close of work on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, only 9 out of the 91 junior doctors had been paid their full 11-month salary.
The remaining 82 junior doctors are still waiting for the money to reflect in their respective accounts.
On Monday, the government promised to pay the full 11-month salary arrears owed the junior doctors by July 29.
[contextly_sidebar id=”gpACX1tqXBWBZmTUBLRJseoG68Ez5xNw”]This promise came after the 35 out of the 91 junior doctors picketed on the premises of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) to demand the payment of the money.
The spokesperson for the 91 junior doctors, Dr. Nana Kissi Atafah on Eyewitness News said they were early on told that 64 of them were on payroll while 27 were not but the Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu promised to pay the money into account of their respectivbe health facilities for them to be paid from it.
According to Dr. Atafah, he was shown evidence to the fact that the monies have been released from the Bank of Ghana into the accounts of the facilities but “when we went to the facilities, they told us that even though the monies have been released, it is not reflecting in their accounts so we should give them up till tomorrow.”
He said he is also aware that the 64 people who are on payroll, only those banking with Stanbic, Stanchart, UBA, Unibank, UT Bank and Ecobank have started receiving their monies.
He thus expressed the hope that by Friday, “those issues with banks will be sorted out so that everybody will get their salaries.”
Agitations paid off
Asked whether they have achieved their aim by agitating months on end, Dr. Atafah said their “agitations have been worth it because we wouldn’t have known how the issue would have been resolved if we hadn’t come together and called on the help of great media houses like Citi FM to come to our aid.”
He nonetheless admonished state institutions saying, “this whole reactive nature of us as a people and most of these government agencies must stop.”
“It shouldn’t be that somebody must stop work and come to Accra and then come and agitate before you pay us our salary…It just doesn’t help anyone…just as we do our jobs, people must also do their jobs.”
By: Efua Idan Osam/citifmonline.com/Ghana