THE Health Ministry has started deducting the wages of its staff members who arrive late to work.
Health Ministry spokesman Shalvin Deo yesterday confirmed that deductions had started for late arrivals, saying it was for all staff members in general.
"The late arrivals are noted and tallied at the end of the month and deductions are made from the wages," Mr Deo said.
"If health staff are coming late to work or not coming, then they have to follow the procedure and apply for leave."
Mr Deo said those who did not follow the procedure and came late to work would have their wages deducted.
The deductions come following a warning by the Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma in August that the ministry would discipline staff members who continuously arrived to work late and took excessive leave.
Dr Sharma said then that it had been noted that a lot of people were unavailable on certain days, especially Mondays and Fridays.
He said the ministry wanted medical staff to be present on time regularly and there should be adequate cover during lunch and tea breaks, saying split lunches should be taken.
"We should be efficient in providing services to the public. We have found out people coming eight to nine hours late in a week. They will be reprimanded," he had said.