The 72-hour strike was called by the Dominican Medical Association in all public hospitals in the country
PUERTO PLATA. – The 72-hour strike was called by the Dominican Medical Association ( CMD ) in all public hospitals in the country to demand from the government to fulfill the promise of making a wage increase for 2014 , the strike was raised in hours the morning at Ricardo Limardo hospital in Puerto Plata. This action came after a three-day strike where doctors , nurses and medical technicians all joined the protest, demanding a pay increase, implementation of yearly incentives, in addition to the service equipment and demanding a removal of shortage of acute medicines.
The president of the Dominican Medical College ( CMD ) in Puerto Plata , Dr. Ines Welkes , said Dominicans have had no alternative but to appeal to the stoppage of hospitals to make the Government understand that they can not continue having a miserable wages , which currently amounts to about 35 thousand pesos, but with the deductions made by the Ministry of health only come to about 26 thousand pesos, which is insufficient to survive.
While the union’s general secretary of Nurses ( SINATREA ) in Puerto Plata; Miguelina Alexander, explained that they have joined doctors and medical technicians demanding a wage increase from the Government and that currently the majority of nurses are only earning a salary of 4 and 5 thousand pesos a month, they do not even have enough to eat . To end the strike , the health professionals in Puerto Plata warned that this struggle can become radicalized if the Central Government does not include the wage increase in the national budget for the upcoming year, so they will have a holding pattern until next Tuesday, 8 October in order to have an answer on this conflict.
Source: Puerto Plata Digital
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