SKMC hikes pay of 379 workers

ABU DHABI -The Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) has decided to improve the salary packages of 379 nurses and technicians by June, said a health official.

By Nada S.mussallam

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Published: Sun 15 May 2005, 11:14 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:26 PM

The medical city has also approved to settle the status of 13 doctors and general practitioners out of 21 doctors during the current month, said Clyde H. Eder, CEO of the Shaikh Khalifa Medical City.

The increment in salaries for the nursing cadre depends on academic certificates, experience and the educational programmes nurses have undertaken, regardless of the nationalities, said Eder.

In early March, a group of nurses at SKMC has complained about discrimination in terms of salaries, claiming the city offers different salary packages for the same jobs after the SKMC was handed over to the General Authority for Health Services for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (GAHS).

Increasing the nursing and technical staff salaries aims to encourage them to put in their best as well as bridge the gap between high and low salaries for the same posts, he said.

The official's comment came yesterday, on the sidelines of the ceremony the SKMC organised to celebrate renewal of the three-year accreditation, which Shaikh Khalifa Medical Pavilion (SKMP) has recently obtained from the Canadian Council for Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA).

He disclosed in view of the pressure on emergency services, the SKMC will expand the emergency section to accommodate 50 beds during the current year.

Khaleej Times has learnt that the status of a large number of consultants and medical specialists still remians unsettled after the Authority closed down the Al Jazeera Hospital and shifted nearly all the medical cadres to other hospitals in the capital.

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