Libyan Doctors Threaten Mass Resignation over “Unfair” Salaries


The Libyan General Medical Council (LGMC) threatened to begin an “open-ended and general strike in all hospitals and health facilities, and to submit mass resignations.” This is in protest against the “unfair” salary scale.

The Head of the LGMC, Mohamed Al-Ghouj told Sky News Arabia that other medical syndicates will join the protest. “We completely reject the unfair unified salary scale. We also call on the competent authorities to quickly re-evaluate salaries, in accordance with academic qualifications and seniority” he added.

Al-Ghouj warned of the resignation of a large number of medical workers, with officials evading their legitimate requests for years.

Last week, protesters amassed in front of the Prime Minister’s headquarters in Tripoli, including medical and paramedical personnel. They expressed their rejection of the unified salary scale.

In a statement in coordination with the LGMC, the medical staff called on the competent authorities to “re-study the proposal and evaluate it according to academic qualifications and career progression.”

The statement also called on officials to “activate Resolution (885) for medical personnel, to provide medical equipment and supplies, and to provide a suitable work environment.”

The protesters also called for combating corruption and activating medical insurance for personnel working in the healthcare field. They warned that if their demands are not met, “there will be negative consequences that will directly affect the sector and the people, including mass resignations, and voluntary retirements.”

Last month, dozens of healthcare personnel organized a demonstration in front of the Cabinet Office in Tripoli, to protest the deteriorating health conditions in the country.

The protesters called for “a full-time minister with high experience and competence in charge of the affairs of the ministry.” The ministry was entrusted to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Libya Government of National Unity (GNU), Ramadan Abu Jinnah.

The former minister, Ali Al-Zanati resigned from his post in December, citing the end of the government’s legal mandate, as per the UN peace plan, as the reason for his decision.