The Kerala High Court intervenes in the issue of Anganwadi worker’s pay dispute. The details are summarised below based data in the Newindianexpress report.
Blog Comment: It is unfortunate that valuable time of our courts have to be drawn into these issues which should have been sorted out at policy level. It is the government’s non committal to raise the percentage public spending on health from a meager less than 1% to at least 2 to 3%, the underlying reason for this situation. There has been a constant demand from health workers at the cutting edge of delivery of various governmental schemes for fair remuneration. The issue is complex as one can immediately see by going thorough the various arguments that came before the court and as also discussed elsewhere in various other forums.
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added on oct 5, 2015
Increasingly, the human resource crises in LMIC are being recognized as not simply a crisis of numbers but also a crisis of human resource management. Although strengthening local training capacity and increasing the output of health professionals is desirable, the experiences of various countries have demonstrated that it is not possible to ‘train’ our way out of this problem. Even assuming they stay in the system, having more doctors, nurses or even stipendiary or volunteer community health workers available is simply no guarantee of universal access to good quality and essential health care services – as issues of distribution, motivation and retention all come into play.