(MENAFN) After four months of strikes, the doctor's strike in Madrid has come to an end following an agreement signed on Thursday between the Health Ministry and the AMYTS medical union. The agreement, reached by the Strike Committee and the ministry, includes an increase in the monthly salaries of doctors by €450 (USD478) and a reduction in their workload.
Angela Hernandez, the general secretary of the AMYTS, made a statement after the end of the strike, stating that "After the long negotiation process, we agreed on a ground where there will be no winners or losers." She emphasized the importance of following up on the agreement reached to ensure its implementation.
Under the agreement, overtime wages of doctors have been increased, and the daily working hours of family and pediatricians have been limited to 300 minutes at the most. Doctors have been complaining about spending only two or three minutes with a patient, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the patient density and lack of personnel. With the new agreement, doctors will be able to deal with a patient for 10 to 15 minutes.
The strike, which involved about 5,000 doctors, began due to the poor working conditions and the shortage of staff in Madrid's public health system. Medical professionals in Madrid have been working under difficult conditions, with long hours and a lack of resources at health centers. The strike has caused the postponement of thousands of appointments and surgeries, leading to long waiting lists and delays in medical treatments.
The agreement reached with the Health Ministry is expected to bring relief to the striking doctors and improve the working conditions for medical professionals in Madrid. The strike has highlighted the challenges faced by doctors and other medical staff in the public health system, and the need for reforms to improve the quality of healthcare services in the region.
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