Congress validates the reform to curb temporality in public health

In an intense day of voting, the Congress has validated this Thursday the royal decree for the reform of the statute of the toilets in order to “eradicate pockets of temporality” in public health. As was already planned, before December 31 of this year, more than 67,000 places will be announced for interims.

The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has defined this decision as a “historical, priority and justice” issue. The royal decree intends to initiate a “comprehensive and in-depth” reform that eliminates eventual appointments to open two groups of temporary workers, interim and substitutesand also establishes a regulatory framework so that the high rates of temporary employment in the National Health System do not occur again.

The measure has been supported by a large majority of the groups in the Chamber (259 votes and 73 abstentions), although with misgivings on the part of some coalition partners who doubt its final effectiveness, given that each territory has needs, it leaves in the air some questions about the places that are not covered and do not have enough “draft and depth”.

The new regulations establish, among other issues, that the communities may continue to hire interims “for expressly justified reasons of necessity and urgency” in some cases.

During the defense of the royal decree, Darias explained that the royal decree is only the beginning of the reform of the statute and therefore a “one-time modification” so that “within three months” it starts again a negotiation with the unions for “an update in more breadth”, has settled.

He stressed that the Government considers the reform as “a matter of country” that is “priority” and “of justice” with health personnel and has insisted that he aspires to provide “job stability” to professionals, “who always, always, always take care of us with dedication”.

Regarding interims and substitutes, he has indicated that when there is a vacancy that cannot be covered by permanent staff for a maximum of three years, the position can only be filled by permanent staff.

Likewise, the minister has added that the substitutes will attend to the functions of permanent or temporary personnel on vacations, permits, dispensations and other absences that involve the reservation of a place and will complement the day of statutory personnel that has been reduced.


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