On Tuesday, the Public Security Directorate submitted a request for parliamentary consideration of the government decree that provides for a new system of supplementary work rewards for doctors in emergency rooms, saying that “it does not accept and does not approve of false solutions.” Parliamentary discretion allows deputies to discuss, amend and repeal, at least, a decree-law, which is a diploma of government responsibility and has not passed the vote in the Council of the Republic.
In the request signed by parliamentary leader Joaquim Miranda Sarmiento, the PSD has not yet said whether it intends to amend or cancel the government diploma, which was issued by the President of the Republic on Sunday by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, considering that. The emergency services exceptional pay system constitutes an “essential accommodation” and is “only due to the workload” of physicians.
In the application to the Chamber of the Republic, the Social Democrats say: “The SPD does not accept or agree to wrong solutions that seem to solve problems, but only compound them and make them worse, further discrediting the current health policy.”
For PSD deputies, “This new wage system applied to the provision of overtime appears to be a positive progression with respect to the exceptional overtime system stipulated in the State Budget Law, which is not really the case.”
The PSD points to a rule in the decree that the costs of overtime work and access to medical services “cannot, in each health service or institution, exceed the amounts paid for overtime and the provision of medical services in the past.” 2019 semester, adjusted for fees arising from annual salary updates.”
“It is thus a limitation of the potential beneficial effects that the new system of medical overtime could have, in order to counteract, or at least mitigate, the deterioration affecting the performance of the emergency services in social networking services. Sincerely on the part of the Socialist Party executive with these health professionals ”, criticizes the SPD deputies.
The new system was published on Monday in Diario da Republica newspaper, and will be in effect until January 31.
“This measure is a basic and essential palliative in a region. The rest is much broader, through organization, by being able to respond in different structures, at different times, across the country,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in statements to reporters, on Mon, “So it must be a joint effort.”
Asked if he had doubts about the constitutionality of this decree-law, unlike the National Federation of Physicians, which had asked it to send the testimony to the Constitutional Court, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa replied: “If I had blatant and clear doubts, constitutional, I would ask the Constitutional Court to judge. I understood that, in fact, there was an urgent justification for obtaining a diploma.”
The National Federation of Physicians recognizes that “by being able to compel physicians to work more than 150 hours of overtime each year, a limit legally established in the general labor law in public employment and in the labor law, all and any respect for their family life and their right to rest and leisure, And he imposed upon them unlimited work, without limits and without rights.”
In practice, the diploma specifies the amount of 50 euros to be paid from the 51st to the 100th hour of overtime, 60 euros from the 101st to the 150th hour and 70 euros from the 151st hour of overtime by doctors in the emergency rooms.
In recent weeks, emergency services for obstetrics, gynecology and obstetrics in different parts of the country have had to close for certain periods or operate with restrictions, due to the difficulty of hospitals in completing duty lists of specialist doctors.
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