Local doctors demand better pay

ABU DHABI -The Emirates Medical Association (EMA) has demanded that the health authorities in the country improve the salary structure of local doctors and paramedical staff and provide them with better working conditions.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Wed 5 May 2004, 10:18 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:23 PM

The initiative was taken following a meeting organised by the Association in Abu Dhabi and attended by 94 consultants, specialists, general practitioners and medical students to discuss the status of doctors and reasons behind nationals not opting to take up medical professions.

The conferees pledged that basic salary for doctors should be increased in addition to other allowances and incentives, according to the marital status of doctors.

They demanded that financial scholarships for doctors should be increased while promotion for medical staff should be fast track, once conditions are met.

Medical certificate recognition should be handled by one authority at the country level, as per the statute in most of the AGCC states and other countries around the globe recommended the conferees.

They also demanded that a training department affiliated to the Ministry of Health should be set up to supervise training of doctors and creating a comprehensive training programme for medical students.

The participants also commended that the proposed training body should be responsible for planning careers for young doctors according to the needs and requirements in the country.

They suggested that the department should also oversee chalking out a programme on local specialisations, in line with international programme to provide doctors with international and Arab accredited certificates.

The participants expressed relief over the fact that the General Authority for Health Services for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (GHAS) was developing a new salary structure for doctors working for the authority.

However, they showed their anxiety that the new salary structure would not take into consideration the occupational status of national doctors.

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