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EDITORIAL:Nurses, Get The Right Details On Contracts

No nurse or medical staff will be paid a reduced salary after they sign their contracts. In recent days, people have posted up  on social networking site, Facebook, claiming that
09 Sep 2017 16:59
EDITORIAL:Nurses, Get The Right Details On Contracts
Director of Civi Service Reform Management Unit, Jane Curran.

No nurse or medical staff will be paid a reduced salary after they sign their contracts.

In recent days, people have posted up  on social networking site, Facebook, claiming that a nurse who received $22,000 previously will now receive $20,163.22.

Sadly, this misinformation was also shared by SODELPA member of Parliament, Mosese Bulitavu.

Yesterday, director of Civil Service Reform Management Unit Jane Curran clarified, once again, that everyone who accepted the contract would receive an increase in salary.

Earlier this week, Ms Curran met with the Human Resources Director of Ministry of Health and Medical Services, senior nurses and nurse representatives from Fiji Nursing Association and went over the contracts and any issues they may have had.

The fact is that the lowest transitional increase is 5.3 per cent.

The maximum transitional increase is 15.9 per cent and where the increase is above this, the position will be advertised and the nurse in the position will receive an acting allowance until the Open Merit Recruitment and Selection process is complete.

The highest increase is over 70 per cent and some of those who have received this include Director Nursing, Labasa Hospital nurses and Nurse Practitioners. Other increases for senior nursing positions are from 30 per cent to 50 per cent.

Instead of falling into the trap of believing anything and everything shared by people who have their own political agenda, nurses need to contact their supervisor or the Ministry of Healths, Human Resources department.

It is possible that if a nurse is currently acting on a higher position, their contract offer would be lower than their acting salary, but the acting allowance will be covered separately to their contract offer.

If they are still unclear, their first point of contact is their supervisor and HR Department, then the Civil Service Reform Management Unit or by dropping an email to csrmu.enquiries@gmail.com

 

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