RIGA, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The Latvian Health Ministry on Wednesday presented a plan for a phased increase of medics' salaries, which in the next seven years should reach the average level of medics' pay in members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Since the beginning of this year, the Health Ministry has been working on the health sector's new pay system together with representatives of Latvia's medical associations, healthcare institutions, academics and policy-makers.
The work on the new pay system was started after a series of medics' protests over the underfunded health system and their unsatisfactory low salaries.
According to the Health Ministry's plan, by 2027 average gross monthly salaries would be raised from 2,003 euros to 3,833 euros for doctors and from 766 euros to 1,096 for medical nurses.
To achieve these targets by 2027, doctors' salaries would have to increase by 11.5 percent and nurses' salaries by 12 percent annually.
The pay rise plan would cost the state budget between 70 million and 75 million euros a year, the Health Ministry said. (1 euro = 1.18 U.S. dollars) Enditem