MS vo futbale 2022
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Government and medical unions have failed to reach an agreement

Government and medical unions have failed to reach an agreement

Representatives of the Medical Trade Union Association did not agree on fulfilling the 8 demands of the doctors at Monday's ten-hour meeting at the Government Office with Health Minister Vladimir Lengvarsky and Finance Minister Igor Matovic. If the government does not reach an agreement with the doctors, it is still unclear how our healthcare system will function from December onwards. Although the Central Staff has addressed this issue, it has not presented a crisis plan to the public. The Medical Trade Union Association (LOZ) insists that all its eight demands to deal with the situation in the health-care sector should be met. They are also willing to look for a compromise in terms of salary hikes for doctors. According to head of the The Medical Trade Union Association Peter Visolajsky, the negotiations with the government got stuck when they started discussing the first item of the memorandum the Health Ministry wants to sign with doctors and unionists. Visolajsky explained that the section concerns order in hospital financing, avoiding hospital indebtedness and tackling hospital debt. According to him, the union has agreed with Health Minister Vladimir Lengvarsky on the wording that should be used in the first item, but Finance Minister Igor Matovic found these formulations problematic at the meeting on Monday. Negotiations continue today, Tuesday (22 November), at the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic. The announced topic of reform of medical education is addressed. Peter Visolajský confirmed before the meeting that they had come up with their own proposal. "We have already prepared the wording of the legal amendments for the reform of doctors' education. The ministry didn't do it, we did it," Visolajský said, adding that they just need to be approved in parliament. He does not understand the ultimatum from the government on the issue of salaries.

Source: TASR

Marianna Palková, Photo: TASR

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