Health professionals can’t leave NHS during state of emergency

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 22-11-2020 12:00:00 · 1 Comments

National Health Service (SNS) professionals can’t leave the NHS while the state of emergency lasts, if they are considered essential to ensure the response of the units in which they work, in this critical phase of the second wave of the covid-19 epidemic.

This transitional impediment is established in an order from the Ministry of Health that allows the “mobilisations” of workers in the services and establishments of the NHS who have asked for the end of contracts in recent weeks, according to Publico newspaper.

However, there is already at least a group of 18 nurses with experience in intensive care whose requests for dismissal from the Centro Hospital de Lisboa Norte – which is part of the Santa Maria and Pulido Valente hospitals – have been suspended and which is trying to legally contest the content of this order.

The 18 nurses asked for the termination of their contracts to go to work for other hospitals, especially the private sector, but were this week informed by email that the proceedings were suspended for the duration of the state of emergency.

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