Emerging coalition planning revolution in pay system in health sector

26-06-2010

The emerging centre-right coalition is planning to change the system according to which doctors and nurses are paid. It wants to do away with the system of salary brackets which limit the amount that can be paid to a doctor or nurse depending on time served in the profession. In this way older doctors automatically get higher pay than their younger colleagues, regardless of their skills or hours spent at work. The emerging government wants to give hospital heads a free rein in how much they want to pay an employee depending on how valuable they are for the institution. Hospital heads are pleased with the plan, but the Medical Chamber fears this could bring about a drop in salaries for many people in the profession.