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‘Medical scheme for civil servants ready’

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The Civil servants Trade Union (CSTU) Thursday said the government is set to roll out a medical scheme, as part of the union’s discussions with the government’s negotiation team.

CSTU General Secretary Madalitso Njolomole said the government would commence the initiative on a pilot phase, starting with civil servants from Grade G to H.

“This means other grades will follow suit. We are very much pleased that civil servants are going into a voluntarily medical scheme. What we are trying to say is that people will not be forced to do so,” he said

Njolomole said the union would be monitoring implementation of the project, stressing that the Treasury set aside K400 million in the 2020/21 national budget for that purpose.

The medical scheme is scheduled to commence in March this year.

“We are expecting the government to release a circular on the same by this week. We are going through the Covid pandemic and this is another booster for civil servants to use this as a medical tool. A lot of advantages will be elaborated after the circular is released,” he said.

Human Resources Management Department spokesperson Kennie Ntonga said they would act on the matter once a circular was issued.

He said the circular would, likely, outline how the scheme would be implemented.

“As of now, we are still waiting for that communication from the government. So, whatever we will do will be based on [points raised in] that circular,” Ntonga said.

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