4000 Health Workers are affected by anomalies on the pay roll the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Dr. Asuman Lukwago has revealed.
This was during his appearance before Parliament’s Committee on Public Service and Local government that summoned the ministry officials to explain circumstances under which health workers have not received their salaries while others do not appear on the pay roll.
Lukwago told the committee chaired by Zombo Woman Representative Kwiyucwiny Freedom that there are 4000 affected health workers. He also admitted that some of them are underpaid.
He also cited failure to effect changes for the promoted health workers saying that those who were promoted in the 2012/2013 financial year have not accessed new salaries.
He noted that there is need to expedite payroll updates to reflect new titles and new salaries for promoted health workers and pay them arrears accordingly.
Loss of earned salary increments on migration to the IPPS system was also noted as an issue with salary payment for health workers saying that all those who have migrated to IPPS lost all the salary increments they had earned in line with the length of service and were put at the entry level of their respective salary scales.
PS Lukago also noted that some health workers names were deleted or disappeared from the payroll and that the health ministry has not yet received any explanation from the Public Service Ministry. There are also instances where health workers allowances were deleted from the payroll without explanation from the Public Service Ministry.
He recommended that efforts should be made to complete migration of health workers to IPPS so as to have one payroll.
However, last week Ministry of Public Service officials blamed different ministries for denying them information of the public servants and delayed submissions saying that was a major cause of anomalies in the pay roll.
Lukwago also told the committee that delays in accessing the pay roll for health workers has demotivated newly appointed health workers in local government hence abandoning their work.
He noted that whereas the time set out by Ministry of Public Service for one to access the pay roll is 30 days, in practice newly appointed health workers in local government take an average of 90 days.
He appealed to mechanisms for ensuring that staffs are quickly accessed to the pay roll and also apologized for the delayed payment of health workers.
He also noted that there is enormous effect on service delivery in the health sector caused by delayed payments and poor payments of health workers hence patients being affected due to delayed decision making by the health workers.
The Committee directed the Ministry to avail them information of some of the health workers who have been deleted from the pay roll and those whose salaries have been diverted.