Sunday, December 4

The Cantabria Primary Care doctors postpone the indefinite strike and return to work after a ten-day hiatus


The doctors of Primary Care of Cantabria have decided in an assembly to postpone the strike that they have been holding for ten days and return to their job this Thursday. The decision has come after the latest proposal from the Ministry of Health, embodied in a document that the Medical Union has presented at the assembly, which has been held behind closed doors.

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The union representatives had already advanced before the assembly began that in the meeting held in the last hours with Health there had been “some progress.” The last stumbling block in the negotiation has been the number of patients that the doctors see daily in their consultations, which in the pre-agreement was limited to a maximum of 35, but they asked that Health assume responsibility for how to proceed from number 36, in addition to be able to manage their own agenda.

Thus, an emergency meeting between Health and the Medical Union has ended up unblocking the conflict with the Primary Care doctors in Cantabria, which this Wednesday was celebrating its tenth day of indefinite strike.

After the negotiations, the assembly of doctors has accepted the latest proposal from the Ministry that addressed some aspects that knocked down the preliminary agreement reached last week on Monday. In any case, with this decision, the doctors recover their activity in the health centers although the strike “will not be called off until there are guarantees that the Ministry of Health complies with what was agreed”, for which they grant a period of one month.

The vice-president and spokesperson for the Medical Union, Santiago Raba, in statements to the media after the assembly ended, explained that some protocols are going to be drawn up, pending development, on what to do with the patient 36, what solution is going to be given and how he is going to be cared for, without this responsibility falling on the doctor who already has his schedule covered with 35 patients. In this way, it has been agreed that the “instructions” will already be in force next Monday, with demand absorption programs above those existing from then on. “The deadline that we give ourselves internally is that by the end of the year we are already working with those 35 agendas”, he has transferred.

As for the volunteers, he has indicated that there will be “enough” to cover the needs and “there is already a commitment that, from the day of signing, extraordinary demand absorption programs will be launched to absorb this excess demand. and guarantee the agendas of 35 without generating a waiting list”. In this sense, he has pointed out that extraordinary items have been enabled on the one that already existed, in November and December, to deal with this possible “excess demand”.

Specifically, the first game has already been approved at the sectoral table and will come into force “immediately” and an extraordinary one will be approved, which is pending approval by the Governing Council in the coming weeks “to basically deal with the month of december”.

Raba was accompanied by the representatives of the union Vicente Alonso, Óscar Ortiz and Óscar Pascual, who have pointed out that the hiring of doctors who were in “precarious” making substitutions and who are going to be part of the teams and of the SUAPs, although the exact number of contracts depends on the “study that the Primary Care Management has to do” to absorb “as much as possible” of the system.

“Patients who cannot be seen due to overload during normal hours to be able to give quality and timely care to the patient try to see them among all the doctors who may be available for long hours outside the normal hours of their health center” Alonso explained. As Raba has pointed out, the next step is for the agreement to be ratified at the sectoral table, which the Administration has promised to convene next week, to later send it to the Governing Council and publish it in the Official Gazette of Cantabria (BOC).



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