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Striking doctors prevented from entering hospitals where they provide minimal services

Doctors on strike for two weeks denounced this Tuesday that they are being prevented from entering their hospitals where they guarantee minimum services, supposedly on the advice of the health authorities, regretting the violation of the strike law.


The complaint was presented by the president of the National Union of Doctors of Angola (Sinmea), Adriano Manuel, stating that hospital directors are making it impossible for the striking doctors to enter, alleging guidelines from the Ministry of Health.

"This is a huge violation of the strike law and we believe it to be conduct that does not support the negotiation process at all, because the law is clear and while we are on strike we can have access to the facilities where we provide services", said Adriano Manuel.

"If we do not enter the facilities, who will guarantee the minimum services? We continue to guarantee the minimum services, namely hemodialysis, intensive care, emergencies, emergency surgeries, neonatology services and we do not think this attitude is correct", he stressed.

Doctors have been on strike since March 21, after a three-month suspension, claiming "non-compliance with signed agreements" with the authorities for the improvement of working conditions, salary increases, payment of subsidies, security and others.

The Government announced, last March 30, that it will suspend the salaries of doctors on strike because "it complied with the points of the claim book" and will not sit back because "half a dozen doctors" decided to paralyze for almost two weeks.

"The salaries of people who are on strike will not be processed because there has already been a lot of tolerance from the Government, we are going to prepare other forces (human resources) and there, where there is a shortage, we will fit in, because it is the life of the citizen that is being put at risk. cause", said the Angolan Minister of Public Administration, Labor and Social Security, Teresa Dias.

According to the official, who was speaking at a press conference, the suspension of doctors' salaries "has a legal basis" due to the fact that, in light of the strike law, their "legal-labor bond is suspended" after declaring the strike.

In response to the position of the authorities, the doctors on strike promised to carry out a series of demonstrations in the 18 provinces, which began on Saturday, as they considered the position of the authorities to be "blackmail".

This Tuesday, Adriano Manuel said that Sinmea remains open to dialogue, "to definitively get out of this strike, which persists due to lack of political will on the part of the Government", reiterating that the impediment of doctors "is not a correct attitude".

"And here is the observation that we cannot have in the Ministry of Health people who are capable of violating the strike law and the norms that guide the Angolan legal system", concluded the pediatrician.


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