In Latvia Today, 12:33 Next year, the salary of medical personnel will increase

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The Latvian Health and Social Care Workers’ Union (LVSADA) in the present day reached an settlement with the Ministry of Health (MoH) on rising the salary of medical personnel from subsequent yr, thus avoiding a medical strike.

A doctor in a hospital.  The image is illustrative.
A health care provider in a hospital. The picture is illustrative. Photo: Madis Veltman

The Latvian Health and Social Care Workers’ Union (LVSADA) in the present day reached an settlement with the Ministry of Health (MoH) on rising the salary of medical personnel from subsequent yr, thus avoiding a medical strike.

As knowledgeable by the Ministry of the Interior, it’s deliberate to allocate an extra 76 million euros for the salary increase and schooling of healthcare employees in the coming yr. This will permit the common salary of medical doctors (in the tariff) to increase by 221 euros for medical doctors, for nursing employees – by 85 euros, and for help employees – by 60 euros. A salary increase of 40 euros is deliberate for the relaxation of the staff of medical establishments.

The Ministry of the Interior indicated that in keeping with the plan for the approval of the state finances, the draft legislation “On the state finances for 2024 and the finances framework for 2024, 2025 and 2026”, which might decide the increase in the remuneration of trade staff, needs to be accepted by the Cabinet of Ministers after which by the Saeima on November 1.

Health Minister Hosam Abu Meri (JV) reminded that further 275 million euros are deliberate for the well being sector in the draft finances. Next yr, the finances of the well being sector is deliberate to be lower than 1.9 billion euros.

He additionally emphasised that further funding can be critically wanted for different areas – guaranteeing the availability of well being care companies, reviewing tariffs and paying for compensable medicines, due to this fact all wants should be balanced.

After the assembly of the LVSADA council, LETA admitted to the Abu Meri company that the salary increase is unquestionably not as massive appropriately, however it’s step by step shifting in the route it needs to be. He hopes that the further monetary help will make medical personnel take into consideration whether or not they will proceed working of their occupation or go to work in different places.

“I feel that not solely salaries are essential, but additionally the subject of the working atmosphere, in addition to the subject of schooling, work attitudes from managers, and colleagues. These are points that we should resolve in the subsequent three to 4 years. All the constructive modifications will be felt safer for the affected person,” the minister believes.

Commenting on the upcoming increase, LVSADA chairman Valdis Keris admitted to the company that any partially full container might be checked out in two methods, that’s, it may be stated to be half empty or half full. In this example, the wage increase helps to maintain wages in the trade at about the similar degree of competitiveness over a three-year interval, in comparison with the increase in common wages in the nation. However, this doesn’t permit to enhance the competitiveness of medical personnel’s wages to the extent of rising the quantity of nurses and medical doctors.

“Quite a bit of work must be invested right here and it requires critical further monetary assets. We at present have one essential factor – a traditional social dialogue with the Ministry of Health has been restored, and this offers us hope that we will have the ability to considerably enhance the state of affairs in the years to return,” stated Keris.

He additionally acknowledged that the increase offers all qualification classes of medical personnel a salary increase of 23-24%. It is alleged to be nearly just like what the Ministry of Finance has predicted about the common salary increase over three years – 26%.

LETA already wrote that an emergency assembly of LVSADA will be held in the present day, the place the council will resolve on the subsequent course of motion after listening to the Strike Committee and the Minister of Health. According to the chairman of LVSADA, Valdas Ker, a month since the determination on the formation of the Strike Committee was made, it’s sufficient time to understand each the state of affairs and the readiness for a strike in medical establishments, in addition to the place of the new authorities and the new Minister of Health in relation to creating well being care coverage and offering further funding.

As reported, in August, LVSADA raised the necessities of a collective dispute of pursuits of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, thereby basically beginning the pre-strike process. The calls for have been meant to meet the tripartite settlement on rising wages in the trade.

The tripartite settlement was reached at the March 7 assembly of the Health Care Industry Sub-Council (VANA) of the National Tripartite Cooperation Council. The settlement stipulates that if further funds from the finances redistribution are allotted to the Ministry of Health throughout this yr, then amongst the spending priorities is to incorporate an increase in the common month-to-month salary for medical doctors and staff of medical establishments who will not be medical personnel.

“It is disappointing that amongst the further 140 million euros allotted to the trade, the ministry has not managed to search out 7.6 million euros, which is lower than 6%, to considerably help the remaining staff in the trade. The state of affairs is dramatic. Everything has come to a halt because of the lack of labor thus far that sufferers cannot even join a quantity of examinations at full price this yr,” Keris stated at the time.

Also, LVSADA will not be happy with the plan included in the declaration of the new authorities to take care of state funding for well being care at the present degree, specifically 12% of the bills of fundamental capabilities of the Latvian state finances. This yr, it’s roughly 1.8 billion euros, or solely 4.2% of the projected gross home product. This implies that the authorities plans to additional starve the nation’s well being care, exposing hospitals to a relentless danger of chapter and lengthening the queues for companies in medical establishments, the group emphasizes.

Keris concludes that this yr, Latvia lacks roughly 450 million euros to fulfill the minimal state funding for the well being sector beneficial by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is alleged to be the most important trigger of lengthy queues for medical companies, poor public well being indicators, excessive affected person charges and rising inequality in society. Keris emphasizes that that is unacceptable neither to medical doctors nor to sufferers.

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