CHAPTER 727

FORMERLY

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 7

DIRECTING THE STATE PERSONNEL COMMISSION AND THE STATE PERSONNEL DIRECTOR TO ESTABLISH AN EQUITABLE AND REALISTIC POSITION CLASSIFICATION AND PAY PLAN FOR STATE PSYCHIATRISTS, PHYSICIANS AND DENTISTS.

WHEREAS, the State of Delaware has both a legal and moral obligation to her citizens institutionalized for medical reasons in State hospitals; and

WHEREAS, these citizens are deserving of, and entitled to, medical and dental treatment of the highest level of competence the State of Delaware can provide; and

WHEREAS, the current State of Delaware minimum starting salary for a psychiatrist is $19,080, for a physician is $17,316, and for a dentist is $15,804; and

WHEREAS, such salaries are not competitive with the equivalent salaries paid by contiguous sovereign states, or states within our geographical location; and

WHEREAS, due to salaries which are not competitive, the necessary medical and dental professionals are not being retained in sufficient quantity to treat the patients in State medical facilities; and

WHEREAS, such disregard for the legal and moral obligations of the State could result in private litigation against the State of Delaware.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 128th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, with the approval of the Governor, that theState Personnel Commission and the State Personnel Director establish a Medical/Dental Professional Classification and Pay Plan which will reward academic and professional medical/dental achievement and be competitive with the public sector salaries paid in this geographical region for similar medical and dental training and experience.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a written Report and Recommendations be provided to the General Assembly of the State of Delaware not later than June 1, 1975, by the State Personnel Commission.

Approved May 16, 1975