Health Workers Receive Cushioning Allowance

Doctors, nurses and other health workers on Wednesday received the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) following a Health Service Bipartite Negotiating Panel (HSBNP) held on 28 August.

The COLA or cushioning allowance as it is sometimes called is understood to be 60 per cent of health workers’ August salaries which the doctors rejected out of hand as insignificant.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said:

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The Health Service Bipartite Negotiating Panel (HSBNP) at its meeting held on the 28th of August 2019, agreed on a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to be paid to members of the Health Service with effect from 1 August 2019.

The Government availed resources for the implementation of the agreed Cost of Living Adjustment. The Ministry of Health and Child Care confirms that health workers have been paid COLA through the normal salary disbursement channels today the 4th of September 2019.

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