The doctors’ unions and the Ministry of Health will meet again this Monday for a second round of talks, following the November 9 meeting that formally kicked off the process.
These talks cover issues such as the revision of the salary scale for clinicians, the establishment of a full commitment regime, and the reorganization of emergency and medical work.
After the first meeting, Jorge Roque da Cunha, Secretary General of the Union of Independent Physicians (SIM), stressed the “positive start” to the talks and added that this Monday’s meeting will serve analyze the specific proposal of the Ministry of Health.
The president of the National Federation of Physicians (FNAM), Noel Carrillo, said both parties had already agreed that “there will be an attempt to anticipate” the deadlines originally set during the negotiations.
These negotiations formally began with the team of Minister Manuel Pizarro, but the definition of issues to be discussed was also agreed with former Minister Marta Temido, who agreed to include the salary scale of doctors from the National Health Service in the minutes of negotiations.
Following the resignation of Marta Temido in late August, unions representing doctors asked the government to start negotiations, criticizing the MOH’s “complete silence” on the process.