Andalusian doctors protest again, this time in Malaga, where they will demand better working conditions for primary care health professionals.
The Andalusian Medical Union (SMA) has called a new concentration for Monday, May 9, this time before the Territorial Department of Equality, Health and Social Policies of the Andalusian Government in Malaga.
The protest, which will begin at 11:30 a.m., has been organized for doctors to demand quality primary care and the improvement of conditions for people who work in primary care emergency services.
In a statement, the SMA pointed out that Primary Care “is one of the pillars of our state of health and well-being, treating and resolving 90 percent of pathologies” and highlighted the crucial role that the service has played throughout the pandemic.
“Currently it is at risk, mainly because it does not offer good working conditions, and also because of overcrowding, with little time for each patient, almost no time to rest, few resources and poor pay,” they said.
“We demand that the situation of abandonment suffered by doctors does not overshadow everything that Primary Care really is: the true ally of the population,” said the SMA.
Among the main demands of the union for doctors is the assignment to what is known as the Basic Health Zone, instead of the district/area, which would mean that health professionals would not be forced to move against their will to other centers within the district/area.
In addition, they demand a management model where “the way of calculating the hours worked in both ordinary and extraordinary working hours is homogenized and specified”.
“Andalusian doctors demand that the Administration facilitate the planning of shifts at least two months in advance for support service workers so that they can reconcile work and family life, and that doctors over 55 years of service of support are exempt from night shifts and holidays, as is the case with other doctors,” they added.
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