Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated on Monday, at a meeting with hospital managers, that the Government will come up with fair solutions to the problems that concern the salaries of healthcare personnel.
According to a Government communique, Premier Viorica Dancila, Health Minister Sorin Pintea, Labour Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu, and Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici met hospital managers on Monday and discussed the issue of healthcare sector salaries and the ways to implement the bonuses.
“We wanted to have this discussion because the healthcare domain is of priority for me, as Prime Minister, for the Government I lead. For this reason, healthcare, alongside education, has benefitted from yet another salary hike. I’m listening to you with all openness because I want to directly see what problems you are facing. We will analyse everything that you signal, so that we would come up with concrete and correct solutions that would answer the situations you are facing,” Premier Dancila stated.
According to the Government, the hospital managers who intervened during the meeting deemed that the new legislation concerning healthcare sector salaries has resulted in consistent salary hikes, especially for physicians.
“However, they also pointed out that there are pinpoint cases in which the incomes of some sector employees dropped month-on-month in March 2018. Some discrepancies in what concerns the incomes of physicians were also signalled, as a result of the enforcement of the bonus regulations, depending on the main credit authority to which the hospitals in which they work are allocated, namely the Health Ministry, county council or local council,” the communique reads.
Following consultations with approximately 350 hospital managers, Premier Viorica Dancila decided to form a working group that would consist of Government representatives, the managers of hospitals subordinated to the Health Ministry, local and county councils, and the managers of hospitals with a single specialisation. The working group will analyse the problems signalled by managers and will propose solutions to them, the communique adds.
Sanitas: Salary law must be mandatorily supplemented and improved, to ensure equitable pay within healthcare sector
“In order to ensure equitable pay within the healthcare system, which would allow the full elimination of discrimination, even with 2022 as the deadline, when law no.153/2017 should take full effect, this law must be mandatorily supplemented and improved, so that it would include and fairly hierarchically order absolutely all the categories of personnel within the Romanian healthcare sector,” the representatives of the trade union federation SANITAS point out.
They perceive Premier Viorica Dancila’s decision to convene hospital managers that have faced difficulties in implementing the new salary law as “clear proof” of the fact that Government members at least admit the chaos generated by the new legislation, that they admit the limits that hospital managers have in interpreting and enforcing the legislation, that they admit most of the problems that were signalled with maximum preoccupation as early as last year.
“We welcome the consultations today (Monday – editor’s note) and the fact that an attempt is being made, in the 12th hour, to identify solutions to harmonise the enforcement of salary regulations, but we continue to call on all decision-making factors to be aware that the efforts to remain within the bonus cap allocated to each health unit are not enough,” trade union members emphasise.