defense of the unified health system (SUS); Denouncing the problems caused by institutions and social organizations (OSs) in the management of public hospitals; and demanding rights, such as overtime unhealthy work, agreeing to the minimum nursing salary and repealing the Supplementary Amendment 95, which freezes investments in public policies, such as health, for 20 years. With these guidelines, the Health Walk will take place next Thursday (7), at the Vitoria Centre. The focus will be at 9 a.m., in Praça Getlio Vargas, where protesters will continue towards Anchieta Palace.
PL 2564/2020, authored by Senator Fabiano Contarato (PT), proposes a minimum salary for nurses, technicians, assistants and midwives. The request for an urgent vote was approved in the House of Representatives by 458 votes to 10 on March 22. This issue sets the minimum wage for nurses at R$4,750, for nursing technicians at R$3,325, and for assistants and midwives at R$2,375. The expectation is that mobilization across Brazil will pressure the bill to be voted on in the first half of this year, after 18 months in the Senate.
The march is organized by the Federation of Health Workers of the State of Espírito Santo (Sindsaúde / ES). The entity’s Minister for Women, Gender and Sexual Diversity, Elbia Miguel, said approval of Contarato’s proposal is a way to evaluate health professionals, and therefore has positive implications for the SUS. He asserts that “most nursing workers, due to their very low wages, end up having more than one job for a higher wage at the end of the month. The result is a stressful occupation, which affects the quality of service provided.”
Elbia believes that the role of institutions and social organizations (OSs) in hospital management is also an attack on SUS. She explains that the difference between the two is that the operating system hires workers through a temporary assignment contract (DT), while the enterprise, through a public tender to hire CLT workers. The union leader explains that Sindsaúde is against both forms of employment, as she advocates for public tenders.
The recruitment of CLT workers through public tender, as with Fundação Inova, which took over the management of Antônio Bezerra de Farias Hospital in March, for Elbia, is in anticipation of the Constitutional Amendment Proposal (PEC) 32, authored by the Bolsonaro government (PL) , which deals with administrative reform. One of the reasons for his statement is the fact that it does not guarantee the stability of the worker. “If a professional does not have stability, how will they condemn something that is not right? This is detrimental to the SUS service,” he points out.
Elbia reported that since the institution prioritizes CLT workers, at the Antônio Bezerra de Farias Hospital, in Vila Velha, a deadline has been set for the staff to relocate to another workplace. Higher levels will have until March 31st to do so. Elementary and middle classes, until the end of May. The transfer has not yet taken place because the workers, on Monday (28), protested at the State Department of Health (Sesa), which made it possible to open negotiations with the state administration. many workersI’m in the hospital there 25, 30 years old, and even sought to adapt their place of residence to the workplace.
As for Supplementary Amendment 95, approved under the Temer government (PMDB), Elbia says the unexpected health crisis showed that investments in health cannot be limited. “It is a demand that requires more investment, not less,” he argues.
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