plant in hospitals and health centers. This is the strategy proposed by the Medical Union of the Valencian Community (CESM-CV) from here to April 3 to give visibility to the public opinion to their claims to the Valencian Ministry of Health, which directs Miguel Minguez. That April 3, if there is no prior agreement, the union will mobilize its members for a second day of 24-hour strike throughout the Valencian territory. Previously, this Wednesday, he will present before the Health Sector Table each and every one of their claims.
Just hours after the largest mobilization in the history of the Valencian health For years, the Medical Union has already been working on a strategy to keep its claim alive against the government headed by the socialist Ximo Puig.
Spurred on by the follow-up, mainly in the province of Alicante and in Castellón but also in Valencia and especially in Primary Care, the doctors do not want this vindictive spirit to wane. And they draw a strategy that they will execute in two areas.
In health centers and hospitals, the initial approach is to carry out plants and punctual stoppages. A fine rain to make it clear to the rectors of the Ministry of Health that the claim is alive and that they will not stop the mobilizations until there is a closed agreement between the medical collective and the regional Administration. If that agreement, which is now very distant, is produced, the mobilizations will be called off immediately. But the doctors do not trust this in view of the attitude that the Administration has maintained with them.
The key claims
Within the framework of the negotiation, this Wednesday the Sector Table, in which not only the medical union will be present, but also the class unions. And in this scenario they will raise each and every one of their demands and measures aimed at improving the quality of care. These are about 40 demands, among which are the most controversial: the quotas for agendas and the maximum 35-hour work week, among them.
Refering to 35 hour day, the Ministry’s offer is that this year the differential be reduced by a third. In 2024, by two thirds. And, in 2025, specifically on January 1, the 35-hour day will come into force.
The union disagrees. He wants the differential of the day to be reduced by half this year and that in 2024, the reduction is the other half. So, once again, on January 1, 2025, the 35-hour day would come into force, divided into ordinary shifts from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hospital Care and in the morning or afternoon (from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.) in Primary Care. The lack of this final note in the Ministry’s text, which specifies schedules, is what is also on the air right now.
Doctors also claim that the agendas are clear and that there is no accumulation of patients. Physicians have been seriously considering for some time that the increase in schedules forces them to see many more patients than those recommended by scientific societies, which are 25. They understand that any diagnostic error as a result of fatigue can have serious consequences, including legal ones. And they don’t want to have problems.
Also, they considered an affront, as published by OKDIARIO, the improvement of €1.5 per hour on call despite the fact that in the rest of Spain much greater salary improvements have been offered.