Nurses want awards

National, Normal

THE Papua New Guinea Nurses Association (PNGNA) is calling on the departments of Health and Personnel Management to fast-track the outstanding review awards.
General secretary Jack Suao, who claimed the departments were prolonging the award negotiation, said the 2000 award for the nurses was not fully implemented for all 20 provinces including NCD.
It continued into 2006 and will continue into the current review.
“Nurses have been sweating their guts providing services to the sick people of Papua New Guinea and abroad and needed to be compensated properly and on time.”
The association is negotiating the award packages for the nurses.
The 2000 awards also cover retrenched, retired, resigned, terminated and deceased officers.
Suao said industrial disputes would delay the effective and efficient implementation of current health plans.
“The two departments and the association need to maintain a good working relationship,” he added.
Meanwhile, counting for the nationwide election of new office bearers for PNGNA closed last Monday.
Results of the election would be  announced on Friday.