Doctors in public sector demand higher bonuses

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AMMAN — A video circulating on social media for the past two days showed a verbal altercation between public sector doctors and members of the Jordanian Medical Association council at a scientific forum held on Friday, during which the former were demanding fair rewards from the association.اضافة اعلان

According to the JMA spokesman Hazem Al-Qaraleh, doctors in the public sector claim that the bonuses for the medical sector “are unfair”, and that they were neglected in the last amendment on bonuses for the medical sector.

Qaraleh told Jordan News that the “altercation happened between two doctors only, and unlike what it showed in the viral video, the situation settled down quickly”.

He also said that four committees were formed to discuss the doctors’ demands with Ministry of Health officials, “and they have already started working and getting results”.

Among the doctors’ most prominent demands are to an increase in professional bonuses, from the present 160 percent to 200 percent for general practitioners, an increase in the sabbatical bonuses for doctors from 35 percent to 70 percent, as well as separating the doctors’ incentive fund from that of the other professions.

According to a doctor who witnessed the altercation, and who spoke to Jordan News on condition of anonymity, said that the association “failed to meet the doctors’ demands, and, as a result, doctors gave the association till Friday to get a response from the Ministry of Health”.

“It does not make any sense that the difference between a doctor’s basic salary and that of a nurse should be JD18. Nursing is an honorable job, however, the whole responsibility falls on the doctors, therefore a serious change needs to happen,” he said.

Former JMA president, Maisam Akrosh, told Jordan News that the current demand is for doctors to get fair bonuses, “but their ultimate demand is to have a special system separate from that of the Civil Service Bureau”.

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