The Alice Springs Hospital says it failed to pay 14 of its staff for seven weeks, and nine of them are still waiting for their first pay cheque.
The hospital has released a statement confirming that 14 patient services assistants, who were appointed through a ‘bulk recruitment action’, were not paid for seven weeks.
One position was permanent and 13 were casual.
Five of the staff are now being paid, but the other nine are facing further delays while the hospital obtains employment documents.
The statement says the Northern Territory Government is working with the employees to find the paperwork and pay them by the close of business today.
The hospital says it regrets the impact the delay has had on the staff involved, but it hasn’t explained what caused the problem.
The Territory Opposition says it is unacceptable.
The Opposition’s health spokesman, Matt Conlan, says the pay bungle will only make it more difficult to attract staff to the hospital.
“If they were able to get the paperwork through to get them on staff at the Alice Springs hospital, I’m sure that should be satisfactory. There should be no issues as to why they actually are undertaking the work and not being paid,” Mr Conlan said.