Doctors are frustrated over their compensation packages which they say must be immediately addressed.
The demand has been made by the Medical Practitioners Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MPATT) which said yesterday it has been looking on at the public debate concerning the proposed increase in pensions for judges and parliamentarians.
In a release yesterday, MPATT stated it had submitted a detailed proposal package for doctors for the period 2009 to 2011 since December 2009 and to this date has not received a counter proposal from the South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA).
MPATT said this three-year period has long expired and the end of another three years was approaching with no negotiations taking place.
“MPATT would like to reiterate the comments and findings of the Commission of Enquiry into the Operation and Delivery of Public Health Care Services in Trinidad and Tobago, chaired by Justice Gladys Gafoor, which highlighted the effect of inadequate remuneration on the morale, motivation and productivity of staff,” stated the release.
The release added that lack of proper compensation packages also significantly impacts upon the decision by many nationals to not return to this country to offer their services after completion of their specialist training.
“Doctors across the country are becoming increasingly frustrated because, irregardless of inflation and increasing cost of living, they are expected to meet present financial commitments while earning salaries which were last revised six years ago,” stated MPATT.
“MPATT, on behalf of all its members, therefore demands that the Joint Negotiating Committee deal with the issue of compensation packages in an expeditious manner,” the release stated.
\\ There has been a public outcry over the pension increases proposed in the Judges Salaries and Pensions (Amendment) Bill and the Retiring Allowances (Legislative Service) (Amendment) Bill.
\\ Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has put the bills on hold , saying the Government was willing to have the bills sent to a Senate select committee for further deliberation.