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Health Accounting Staff Demand Better Salary

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The Health Accounting Staff Association of Ghana (HASAG) has called on government to yield to members’ cry for better salaries and more improved working conditions.

Speaking at the Association’s 10th Annual General Conference, the National President, Mr. Abu Hassan Mahamadu said, the Association’s major challenge has been their remuneration under the Single Spine Salary Structure.

According to him with the classification of health staff into clinical and non-clinical under single spine, those in the accounting class are not receiving payments proportionate to the services they render.

“It is even heart-breaking if we compare salaries we receive vis-à-vis that of our other colleagues at the Ghana Revenue Authority, Controller and Accountant General’s Department as well as Audit Service.

“It is our expectation that the Minister of Health will look into it so as to raise the moral of members which has been low since the inception of the single spin,” Mr Mahamadu implored.

A call for accurate financial reports

In response to HASAG’s plea, the Deputy Minister of Health, Mr. Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu indicated that it would be difficult for HASAG members to receive an upgrade especially when there are limited financial resources and when accountability from the health sector has been low.

The deputy minister threaded a strong connection between salary increment demands and the financial reports that accountants bring saying, “…we struggle to get accurate financial reports…if this continues how can we get money to pay for the better conditions that we all desire.”

“We expect the accountants in the sector to lead the crusade that will enable the ministry demonstrate that the report from the agencies are authentic,” he added.

HASAG 10TH Annual Conference

The confab which rode on the theme; “The Finance Manager, A Decade Of Stewardship, Achievements, Challenges And The Way Forward,” brought together accountants and financial professionals in health sector from all 10 regions of the country.

The four-day conference which ends on October 28, promises to be a time of solemn reflections and a time to whip up participants interest, involvement and commitment in the practice of healthcare finance in the mainstream healthcare delivery.

Source: Grace Ablewor Sogbey/ ksogbey@gmail.com

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