June 23, 2024
Union bureaucracies attempt to block Spanish well being care employees battle

Spain has been experiencing a wave of strikes within the public well being system since November. Medical doctors, nurses and different well being workers are taking motion in a single area after one other towards low wages, deteriorating working situations and assaults on public well being care.

The strikes are a part of rising social opposition to austerity and hovering costs for vitality and meals which might be impoverishing employees worldwide. Over the previous weeks, 3 million employees in France have marched towards President Emmanuel Macron’s pension cuts. Within the UK, half 1,000,000 employees joined coordinated nationwide strikes, together with 300,000 academics, 70,000 lecturers and 100,000 civil servants towards inflation and draconian anti-strike “minimal service” legal guidelines.

Within the well being sector, there was an explosion of struggles, from Belgium and Canada to the US and the UK, the place nurses’ known as for a historic strike in December on the Nationwide Well being Service, the primary in 100 years. The causes are the identical in all places: saturation of medical companies incapable of offering the mandatory look after sufferers, and poor wages, aggravated by hovering costs as a result of NATO’s warfare on Russia in Ukraine.

Union bureaucracies attempt to block Spanish well being care employees battle
Folks collect throughout a protest in assist of public well being care on the Cibeles sq. in downtown Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. [AP Photo/Manu Fernandez]

Well being workers are exhausted after combating for 3 years towards COVID-19 with minimal sources, which are actually being diverted into the warfare on Russia in Ukraine. The strike comes as “without end COVID” insurance policies are actually totally applied worldwide. In Spain, there are presently over 2,300 COVID-19 hospitalised sufferers and weekly deaths of over 100.

The information is terrifying. Greater than half of major care physicians are assigned extra sufferers than they need to look after. In line with a report by the Federation of Associations for the Protection of Public Well being (FADSP), this led to one in every of each 5 sufferers (21.4 %) affected by a “actual well being drawback” who wanted to entry a major care session in 2022 being unable to take action. Of those that have been attended to, 54.3 % suffered delays of seven days or extra, 20 % greater than 4 years in the past.

The affiliation describes this as a “terrifying state of affairs, incompatible with the functioning of major care.”

Medical doctors complain that they’ll solely spend 2–3 minutes per affected person when they need to have at the very least 10 minutes. Given the saturation of companies, phone and non-face-to-face care is turning into widespread. Given the impossibility of accessing major care, increasingly more sufferers in the end search help in emergency companies, that are additionally more and more saturated.