Salaries of health workers will increase. On Wednesday, the National Council (NR) of the Slovak Republic approved a proposal from the workshop of the Ministry of Health. In addition to the notified increase in the wages of doctors and nurses, it also deals with the salaries of other health workers in institutional health facilities and ambulances of the emergency medical service. In addition to increasing salary coefficients, years of experience should also be taken into account in salaries. Out of 134 deputies present, 132 voted for the proposal, one against. With the proposal, the Ministry of Health reacts to the lack of health workers, the decline in interest in studying individual health professions, the departure of health workers from the system or outside of Slovakia. At the same time, he wants to prevent the announced collective dismissals. “The intention is to reverse the established trend and ensure stabilization as well as an increase in the staffing of institutional medical facilities with qualified medical personnel,” the submitter states. The years of service are now to be recognized by health workers even for years when they worked abroad. It should be possible to increase the basic wage component also for time on maternity or parental leave. A maximum of three years can be counted for one child and a maximum of six years for all children. The effect of the change is from January 1, 2023.