The Medical Trade Union (LOZ) and the government representatives agreed to fulfill one of the eight requirements that the LOZ defined as basic steps to prevent the collapse of the healthcare system. In the fall, taxation of medical education, which is discriminatory, will be abolished. The negotiations will continue next Monday. This was confirmed by LOZ chairman Peter Visolajský after a meeting at the government office. They are waiting for a written guarantee As Visolajský informed, Prime Minister Eduard Heger, Minister of Finance Igor Matovič, Minister of Health Vladimír Lengvarský were present at the meeting, each with his team. “We asked for a written guarantee, we are waiting for it,” said the head of medical unions, adding that so far they only have verbal promises. “It’s hard to trust us politicians after all these years, but there is a certain effort here. Although not all problems were caused by this government, it has a mandate to solve them,” explained Visolajský. “We will come again on Monday for negotiations, but we would like to reach an agreement already,” he added. It’s been going on for too long As for the salaries of doctors and nurses, the medical unions have not received concrete ideas or figures from government officials. They only learned that there are two variants in play and the ministries will analyze further. As the head of the union pointed out, with the apparatus of analysts in the ministries, it takes too long. According to him, the situation in hospitals is serious, wards are being closed and doctors’ resignations will only stop when the government takes action. He emphasized that in Slovakia it has never happened that one profession asked for a salary increase for another profession in the way that doctors are now asking for a salary increase for nurses. “We have provoked the debate and I hope that this topic will also end,” said Visolajský, adding that it is now important for government representatives to negotiate with representatives of all health professions. Wages should be motivating Nurses and midwives are a personnel resource that, according to statistics, is deeply undersized. The issue of nurses is the most prominent in the healthcare sector and needs the highest intensity of solutions. The government is aware of this and Tuesday’s negotiations clearly confirmed this. The problem is solved in such a way that the salary evaluation is motivating and that there is enough staff. This emerged from a briefing by a representative of the Chamber of Nurses after a more than five-hour meeting with the Prime Minister and other government officials on Tuesday. The representative of nurses and midwives did not specify the proposed solution and did not even confirm the exact amount by which the nurses’ salary should be increased. According to her, the government is fully aware of the importance of healthcare and the position of nurses within it. “Our negotiations will be more intensive, they are planned not only for Monday, because the issue of nurses is highly specific,” it was said at the briefing.
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