Government poised to back higher pay, responsibility for nursing sisters


The government is poised to back higher pay for nursing sisters, midwives and other health staff who are not qualified doctors. A proposal aimed in this direction has been supported by the Ministry of Health with government backing recommended for the step. Nursing sisters would be allowed under the measure to carry out specialised procedures with health insurance payments covering them. Registration of the country’s around 45,000 nursing sisters would also be extended automatically with payments for extensions being cut. The six existing categories for ambulance staff would be cut to one but their job description clarified.