Although president of LNA Raphael Tlali said the health facility commonly known as Tšepong is keen to review the nurses and nursing assistants’ salaries, however the challenge is that the government is taking forever to find a lasting solution to this long standing affair.
On January 25, LNA wrote a letter to QMMH seeking a review of the nursing staff salaries.
In the letter, the body requested a salary increase for its members to the level not lower than the government salary scales.
The letter stated that the nursing staff at Tšepong works long hours, adding that all local hospitals and health centres refer their patients to the facility notwithstanding that its nurses are the least remunerated.
LNA also said some of its members actually work in the firing line of COVID-19 (WARD H), appealing for better compensation of such workers.
The body further said the health care givers have shown their unfaltering dedication to the hospital and Basotho at large, adding that COVID-19 is dangerous and has cost many of them their lives already.
The least the institution can do, the LNA further showed is “to compensate them accordingly”.
In its response, the hospital said the salary discrepancy is a matter that the facility is aware of, adding that it also highly appreciates the LNA’s concerns.