THE agreement between the Finance ministry and civil servants union PASYDY as regards demands of nurses is in the process of implementation, the union’s nursing branch said in an announcement.
The union said that the Public Administration and Personnel department gave the go-ahead to the Health Ministry to submit a proposal to fill 185 vacant nursing positions.
“Finally, 185 of our colleagues will acquire permanent nursing staff status,” it said.
The union said it was also informed that soon, a bill will be tabled to parliament to convert the contracts of short-term staffers who have completed 30 months of employment into an open ended category, which will also end the 10 per cent pay cuts to those who have completed 24 months of employment.
They expressed hope that “the effort that we undertook some time ago to resolve all the problems of contract staff to be completed as soon as possible, so that we can freely focus on other pending issues.”
PASYDY members distanced themselves from independent nurses union PASYNO’s indefinite strike. PASYNO members demand that their qualifications are recognised as university level and move up their pay scale. PASYDY believes it can discuss this issue at a later stage, while PASYNO wants this now prior to plans for hospital autonomy.
The state doctors union PASYKI, said in another announcement, that they have asked the health ministry to review the bill concerning the conversion of temporary contracts of doctors to open ended in order to submit their own remarks so it can be voted in parliament before the legislative body is dissolved ahead of the elections, in mid-April.
The union adds that the employment status of doctors under hospital autonomy conditions “should be discussed in-depth and decided during the drafting of bills on the autonomy of public hospitals.”
All unions of health professionals were given a draft of the hospitals’ autonomy bill last week and were told to submit their comments and proposals soon.
Unions, however, expressed reservations as to whether this will be possible, as they believe there is not enough time to discuss all issues, especially employment terms.
Hospital autonomy is a basic pre-requisite for the implementation of the National Health Scheme, as state hospitals need to be made administratively and financially independent to be able to compete with private ones.