by Colleen Barilae- EMTV Lae
More than 30 doctors at Lae’s Angau hospital have scaled back their work since Monday due to unpaid benefits.
The National Doctors’ Association covers such benefits as allowances, work contracts and other union awards.
Angau Acting CEO, Dr. Jim Abrahams, says the issue will be addressed but with consultations from the Health Department.
According to the National Doctors’ Association, registered doctors are entitled to special allowances and other contract entitlements.
The union awards are paid to doctors every three years.
This year, Angau doctors haven’t been paid.
Though the payment date has lapsed a month ago, doctors are still at work but aren’t performing all their required duties.
Some are now limiting their jobs to emergency and outpatient areas of the hospital.
Doctors’ clinic services have now been temporarily closed until the unpaid benefits matters are resolved.
Angau acting CEO, Dr. Jim Abrahams, said two HR personnel will be sent in from Port Moresby to meet with doctors to resolve the issue.
Dr. Abrahams also said the management team is looking into some of the doctors’ contracts and entitlements.
The Angau doctors and management expect to meet with the two Health Department personnel come Friday.