Thousands of health workers file complaint against their adjustment

Kathmandu, April 20

More than 12,000 health workers have registered written complaints with the Ministry of Health and Population and the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, expressing dissatisfaction with their adjustment in the federal structure as per the recently endorsed Employee Adjustment Act.

Staff nurses, auxiliary nurse midwives, health assistants and public health officers from level four to seven are among health workers who have registered complaints.

The government has provided certain time period to health workers to file complaints if they are not satisfied with the government decision. Health workers have registered complaints online as well as in writing at the MoHP and MoFAGA.

According to public health administrator at the Ministry of Health and Population Shambhu Kafle, the health ministry has submitted 7,707 written complaints of health workers to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration. Kafle said the ministry had formed a Grievance Hearing Committee to address the problems of health workers.

“We have already submitted the recorded complaints to the MoFAGA and it will analyse and sort out the problems of health workers,” said Kafle.

Health workers have registered a total of 5,712 complaints by visiting the MoHP while 1,995 complaints have been registered through e-mails. Likewise, nearly 5,000 complaints have been registered with the MoFAGA.

Kafle also informed that among health workers registering complaints, the number of female health workers was higher than males.

Most of the health workers are not satisfied with their adjustment in the provincial and local levels.

Nearly 28,000 health workers have been adjusted in the federal set up.

“After shortlisting and analysing the problems of health workers and reasons for their complaint, the MoFAGA will try to address the problems,” added Kafle.