Government criticised for not paying 0.3% increase to health professionals

in News · 24-04-2020 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Independent Doctors Union has criticised the Government for not paying health professionals this month the 0.3 percent increase for civil servants, considering that this figure is unworthy in the face of the “drudgery” they are carrying out.

Público reports in the 21 April edition that health professionals will only receive in May the 0.3 percent increase that civil servants receive this month.
“The Público newspaper reports that the announced increase of 0.3 percent for doctors and nurses (this increase due to the drag of the Civil Service) is not achieved this month due to parameterisation difficulties, difficulties that the Ministry of Health would not have been able to explain when asked by the media”, but “the SIM is in a position to do so”, says the union in a statement.
The Independent Union of Doctors (SIM) justifies that “in view of the drudgery, risky and selfless work that doctors and nurses are doing in these days of Covid, they consider an increase of 0.3 percent unworthy”.
“All the more since from France and Germany there are examples that would embarrass the Portuguese Government if that were the case”, underlines the statement
As such, “the increase for these professionals will be significantly higher, hence the impossibility of such parameterisation (whatever that may be) in a timely manner of the computer system”.
Civil servants begin to receive April wages with increases of 0.3 percent for most workers and €10 for wages below €700, with retroactive effect to January.
The order of the IGCP - Treasury and Public Debt Management Agency states that on 21 April, the salaries of the ministries of Internal Administration, Justice and Health are paid and, on the following day, those of the Economy and Digital Transition, Planning and Infrastructure and Housing.
The last to receive, on the 23rd, are the workers from the Ministries of Education, Science, Technology and Higher Education, Environment and Climate Action, Territorial Cohesion, Agriculture and the Sea.
On Friday, 17 April, an official source from the Ministry of Public Administration admitted, however, to Lusa that there are services that may not be able to pay for updates in April.
“Salary updates started to be processed in April, however, this payment will depend on the capacity of the services and when they process their salaries,” said an official source from the Ministry of State Modernisation and Public Administration.
“In any case, the increases will be retroactive to January 2020,” added the same source.
The decree-law that updates public administration wages in 2020 was published on 20 March in Diário da República and provides for increases of 0.3 percent (in terms of inflation) for most workers and €10 in wages below €700, retroactive to 1 January.


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