Doctors ‘promised’ bonuses await general budget approval from Parliament

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AMMAN — Around 6,000 doctors working for the Ministry of Health are waiting for the disbursement of their incentives and bonuses, which they were promised under an agreement between the ministry and the Jordan Medical Association (JMA) in November.اضافة اعلان

Disbursement of the incentives and bonuses is waiting for Parliament to approve the general draft budget bill, said JMA member Maha Fakhoury.

Approving the general state budget would allow the implementation of the joint agreement, she added.

In November 2022, doctors working for the Ministry of Health called for a review of their pay and incentives, including for consultants, specialists, qualified residents, and general practitioners, regardless of their years of service.

They also demanded that legislative procedures be taken to amend the sabbatical allowance reward from 35 percent to 55 percent of the total basic salary and for the increase to be added to social security benefits. The doctors also demanded that these requests be carried out during the first quarter of 2023.

Member of the doctors' allowances follow-up committee, Mohammed Bani Abdul Rahman, said that the doctors are distributed over 37 government hospitals and more than a thousand health centers in various governorates across the Kingdom, Khaberni reported.

He added that the doctors were previously promised to be paid some allowances during January, adding that it was also previously agreed that a raise would become effective in the first quarter of this year, Al-Ghad News reported.

The agreement also stipulated the disbursement of overtime and transportation allowances to all doctors since their appointment date, starting January 1, 2023. It also will facilitate granting leave without pay to doctors who hold work contracts outside the ministry and increase the number of scholarships offered by the Ministry of Health to all specialties.

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