Health Ministry increases salaries of doctors

The Ministry of Health and Gender has restructured and increased doctors’ pay in January.

Health Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Geela Ali said salaries had been restructured to level foreign and local doctors’ pay. Work hours had been increased along with the salary hike, and doctors will be allowed to see patients at private clinics, she said.

However, doctors have alleged that the revisions to the doctors’ salary structure had decreased pay by as much as MVR10,000 (US$ 648).

Doctors have held meetings with the management of the public Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) over low pay, local media has reported.

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have previously expressed concern over the Maldives’ large wage bill.