The copy of a letter came to our newsroom earlier this week showing the confirmation of a salary increase for the daughter of Minister Erwin Contreras who is employed in the Ministry of Health. The raise takes Contreras from payscale eighteen to twenty three, putting her on an annual salary of forty two thousand two hundred and fifty nine dollars. Love News sought confirmation from the Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero on the increase in salary as well as an explanation for the increase.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services:” There’s a couple of things there I don’t know if you can classify it or label it as a salary increase I think the note clearly states that it is – the post under which she is hired was going to be placed on another pay scale. I don’t know who her predecessor was because there was no previous director or head of a Druggist Inspectorate Unit. Recall that’s a recent unit that is created along to further scale up what the pharmacy department was doing. What previously had been happening is we had a pharmacy unit that had a drug inspector only but this is a drug inspectorate unit that now has four drug inspectors that do work across the country so I don’t know that there was a pervious person in that position because the unit is relatively new and it has been expanding to meet the demands in terms of where we are going. I was aware of that situation, it is being done in tandem with a restructuring of three particular units, the drug inspectorate unit being one the pharmacy department being the other one which I think is where you are alluding to of who was there before and that is also pending to be restructured where we have asked or my desk has at least made the recommendation for that particular head of that department to go to a higher payscale and the other post that is a drug inspector to also be scaled up. Drug inspectors were also scaled up from where they were in terms of their pay scale and my desk had also submitted for a restructuring of Central Medical Stores in Ladyville so that in point of fact it would have been three units or three departments within the Ministry of Health that would have had been scaled up to try to meet the increasing demands that these departments are going through. The other thing that we’re factoring in is because most of these persons are now having a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. Recall that in the past we only had associates degree programs so we’re trying to scale up and make sure that everybody’s compensated to a certain extent to where they should be.”
Reporter: And considering that this is the Minister of Health’s daughter you can basically confirm that it’s not a matter of favoritism or any kind of bias ?
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Well it’s not the Minister of Health’s daughter. I can see where people try to establish that link, I don’t know what when we make recommendations we make it for specific persons and that’s why I’m saying it becomes applicable to pharmacy department and any other department. I don’t think pay scales or terms of reference are being drafted for persons because we are not going to be the entire technical advisory body is not going to be here eternally it has to be progressive to meet the demands of where we are going.”
Contreras is the Director of the Drug Inspectorate Unit in the Ministry of Health.