PNG Health Support Workers Association calls for its Members Roles to be Recognised

By Michelle Auamoromoro, EMTV Cadet Journalist – Port Moresby

The PNG Health Support Workers Association (PNGHSWA) is calling on the Health Department and Personnel Management to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to recognise the roles of its members. They say this must include a review of its objectives.

Operating for three years now, the association has faced many issues, and one of them is that the roles of its members are being overlooked. The association reported that so far there has never been any re-classification and remuneration of positions.

PNGHSWA President, Michael Laru, is calling on the Department of Health and Personnel Management to sign an MoA or a negotiation as soon as possible in 2019 to recognise the roles of its members and to review the objectives of the association.

Apart from the nurses and the doctors, every worker in the health sector plays a vital role. These non-clinical workers come under the PNG Health Support Workers Association. This association was formed in 2015 with the main objective of health service delivery.

The 2019 budget for the association has been captured and this was made possible by the help of the association’s provincial executives who gathered all the data needed from the provincial level to present as evidence for the budget to be accepted.

Mr. Laru commended his members for their patience this year and assured them that their roles are soon to be recognised once the agreement is signed.

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