Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has clarified that delays in paying Doctors their allowances is due to limited funds.
In a statement issued by Ministry Spokesman Reuben Kamoto Mbewe, Dr Kasonde has since directed Health Permanent Secretary Davy Chikamata to engage the Resident Doctors Association to clarify the delays.
This was after the Resident Doctors Association wrote a letter to the Ministry dated 31st August 2015 complaining over delayed payment of allowances.
Dr Kasonde has also instructed Dr Chikamata to ensure that the concerned doctors are up dated on what the Ministry was doing to facilitate the release of additional funds to address issues of outstanding personal emoluments for health workers.
The Health Minister has also directed Dr Chikamata to negotiate with the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance to facilitate the release of additional funds to address the issue of outstanding personal emoluments for health workers.
Dr Kasonde said the Ministry is confident that with the support of the Ministry of Finance, the release of funds will be forthcoming.
He said the Ministry of Health welcomes dialogue with health workers on matters affecting them.