KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Service Depart- ment (PSD) has denied Cuepacs’ claim that it had not been giving adequate attention to the nursing scheme of service.
On the contrary, nurses are enjoying better critical service incentive payments than other professions, the PSD said in a statement yesterday.
The scheme of service provided promotion opportunities for nurses at every level to reach Grade U54, the highest point in the management and professional group salary scale, since 2006, it added.
Cuepacs secretary-general Ahmad Shah Mohd Zin was reported as saying about 40,000 staff nurses in government hospitals and clinics were frustrated that their grouses for upgrading their scheme of service had “fallen on deaf ears.”
He said at present nurses were emplaced in the support group together with other SPM holders on Grade 29 (RM1,239-RM2,744).
Ahmad Shah said although they were SPM holders, they had to undergo a three-year diploma course to become staff nurses and therefore should be emplaced in the professional and managerial category on Grade 41 (RM1,471-RM5,222).
The PSD said nursing was an integrated scheme of service that harmonised the salary scale of the support group (for diploma holders) on Grade U29 and that of the management and professional group on Grade U41. — The Star