Min. Lawrence to lobby for improved salary scale for Ptolemy Reid workers
─ “We will continue to fight that fight so that persons in those other ministries understand the important role that many of you play in the health sector, especially you here at the Ptolmey Reid rehabilitation centre” – Min Lawrence
DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, August 14, 2018Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence said she will be lobbying for an improved salary scale for workers at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation centre who have been trained but have not yet seen modifications to their wages.
The Health Minister was at the time speaking to staff members of the facility last Friday, during the closing ceremony of a two-week capacity building programme for orthotic and prosthetic technicians.
The technicians, most of them from the centre, were very instrumental in providing prosthetic limbs and orthotic devices for some 25 persons.
Minister Lawrence said while she was grateful for the work put in by the technicians and other staff, there was no doubt that the salaries of those who labour so strenuously need to be improved.
“We are presently at the Ministry of Health trying to work with the Public Service Ministry so that persons who are branded in some particular fields, can be remunerated properly for the important services you provide,” the minister said.
Minister Lawrence assured that while the process is “taking a little longer than we thought” the workers can expect the salary adjustments to be made.
“We will continue to fight that fight so that persons in those other ministries understand the important role that many of you play in the health sector, especially you here at the Ptolmey Reid rehabilitation centre.”
Director of the Rehabilitation Centre Cynthia Massay lauded the minister’s commitment to health workers at the centre.
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Editor’s note: Please note the correct version of the article above. It had previously stated that ‘Min. Lawrence to lobby for higher salary-scale for health workers’, however, this information was incorrect, as the minister was referring specifically to workers at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation centre. DPI apologises for any inconvenience caused.