The president of the National Federation of Public Health Workers (FENATS) Karen Palma, reported that some 16,000 workers in the sector hired in the framework of the reinforcements for the Covid-19 pandemic, would be fired for not being considered in the budget of the Ministry for 2023.
This Thursday the leaders delivered a letter to the Minister of Health, Ximena Aguilera, in which they express their demands related to the increase in the budget for the sector and the termination of the layoffs of health personnel hired due to the urgency.
The leader indicated that since the health alert was extended until December, the workers will be fired, as is already happening in different regions of the country, such as Antofagasta and Biobío.
“The 16,000 would be fired because they are governed by the budget that maintains the health alert. As we all know, it was extended until December and what is seen, given the decrease in cases and the situation we have, the alert should not continue or be extended, therefore this extraordinary financing that had health both for prevention, enough to face the pandemic,” Palma indicated.
The leader affirmed that although these officials were incorporated due to the health emergency, most are assigned to different functions that are necessary in health, such as home care, ICUs, ICUs, and carry out necessary and usual tasks in hospitals.
“On the one hand, the ministry states that the waiting list and the attention that was not given is a priority, but in parallel, it fires these workers who put up the sustenance for this to happen,” the representative claimed.
Palma added that “another not minor element is that we must consider the high level of licenses that we have in the sector, which is not by chance. We have many officials with consequences of Covid and with a mental health situation. The time we live in was not easy and that is obviously reflected in the health of the workers and with these reinforcements it allowed us to maintain attention to the population. That is why we deliver this letter and the minister must rule on this matter”.
In relation to the 2023 budget for the sector, Karen Palma indicated that “it is not appropriate that we have the increase of 100 pesos per capita” considering that the government has committed to a reform based on primary care.
“It is a terrible sign of budget distribution. We completely agree that mental health and waiting lists are a priority, but we believe that the maintenance of the system and its financing should be at the center, even more so when for the population, the health system is among the priorities. ”he indicated.
The leader affirmed that they do not rule out mobilizations throughout the country, if the authorities do not listen to the workers.
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