The Dominican Medical Association insists on short work hours at hospitals
The president of the Dominican Medical Association (CMD), Dr. Waldo Ariel Suero, insists that the present work hour structure for doctors is not negotiable. He is suggested that if the government wants the doctors to work more hours, they should create a night shift for attending physicians that ends at 8pm. The doctors are demanding salary increases of up to 60% and they say that the government has only offered 20%, as reported in Diario Libre.
Dr. Suero spoke during an assembly of the National Health Pact (Panasalud) that was held in the morning of Wednesday, 13 July 2016, in which dozens of health care service providers attended. As reported, the CMD President received a standing ovation when he spoke on the issue of the working hours.
Dr. Suero called for the authorities to return to the negotiation table. He now is insisting that the negotiations be made public. He said: “90% of Dominicans have been bought [by the government], but nobody can buy Waldo Ariel Suero.”
He announced a return to strikes if the government does not yield to their demands. The CMD is demanding the government allot 5% of the GDP to the public medical sector. The representatives of medical staff at public hospitals have been meeting with the government authorities since April 2016.
During the Panasalud meeting, the physicians declared the Dominican health sector in a state of emergency.
Last weekend, the president’s spokesman, Roberto Rodriguez Marchena, revealed a past study had concluded that the doctors at the public hospitals do not fulfill the working hours as established in their contracts.
Source: DR1, Eldia
July 15, 2016
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