Doctors going on strike in the north
Dominican Medical Association (CMD) president Waldo Ariel Suero has announced a 24-hour strike for Thursday 25 August 2016 in all of the northern region public hospitals in protest at the government’s rejection of their demands. Suero said that the imposition of new working hours for doctors was unacceptable.
Law 395-14, establishes that public hospital physicians need to work a minimum of 30 hours a week and a maximum of 40 hours, but the Medical Association is only accepting a maximum of 20 hours. The Medical Association argues that because of the long time with the shorter work hours, the 20 hours or less has become a “custom” and thus these are “acquired labor rights” for the physicians that need to be respected by the public health authorities.
During a Monday 22 August 2016 press conference at the Jose Maria Cabral and Baez University Hospital in Santiago, Suero confirmed that emergency cases would be treated during the strike.
Silvano Geraldino, the National Nurses Union (SINTRAE) General Secretary for the northern region said that the nurses would not be supporting the action following their signing of an agreement with the government last week. The nurses and other hospital staff have said they do not have a problem with meeting work hour requirements.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Aug 24, 2016
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