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Claiming unfair pay distribution, healthcare workers threaten strike at Erbil’s Rizgari Teaching Hospital

In latest controversy at facility
A group of physicians and healthcare workers protested in front of coronavirus-related Rizgari Teaching Hospital in Erbil, claiming they had not been paid from a fund allegedly delivered to the hospital on August 10, 2020. (Photo Credit: NRT Digital Media)
2020-08-10

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SULAIMANI — A group of physicians and healthcare workers protested on Monday (August 10) in front of Rizgari Teaching Hospital in Erbil, saying that they had not been paid amid claims that some employees at the facility have received payments in recent days.

“An amount of money has come to the hospital, but we do not know who has sent it,” one of the protesters told NRT Digital Media, adding that many of the staff would go on strike if they were not paid within the next twenty-four hours.

“The officials of the hospital’s administration have distributed the fund unfairly among themselves and they have not taken the staff into account,” another protester claimed.

“Indeed, the personnel are very tired…We do rounds five to six hours at night. We do the jobs of doctors’,” she added.

A third protester said that the administration has been tight-lipped about the payments.

“They have not told us anything…we will wait to see what they tell us,” he said. “They have told us anything…we will wait to see what they tell us,” he said.

He specifically alleged that some people had been given disbursements of $500, explaining that the payments had angered those who were left out.

“We had no problems before the distribution of the money. The personnel were working according to the established timetable, but the way of distributing the $500 has made caused friction among the staff,” he said.

The allegation of unfair pay distribution is the latest controversy at Rizgari Teaching Hospital, which is treating patients suffering from COVID-19, the deadly lung disease caused by coronavirus infection.

In late July, families of patients claimed that their relatives had died because there was not enough supplementary oxygen on site.

Scrambling to respond, the government launched an investigation, which found that no patients had died from lack of oxygen.

Nevertheless, it also said that there were “deficiencies of management” at the hospital.

(NRT Digital Media)