The Order of Nurses (OE) denounced today that nurses who were infected in the work with covid-19 are being faced with “significant cuts” or even lack of salary, demanding “urgent measures” from the Government.
The Order of Nurses states in a statement that it has been confronted, in the last 24 hours, “with an unacceptable situation, which it cannot fail to repudiate and denounce, demanding urgent measures from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labor”.
“Nurses from all over the country, who were infected with covid-19 in the exercise of their functions, were faced with the lack of remuneration or significant cuts”, he adds.
The Order of Nurses recalls that it had already sent on April 27 a letter to the two ministries to warn of this situation.
In the letter, the order defended that “not formally recognizing covid-19 as a professional disease, making its characterization dependent on the causal link required for other diseases, is manifestly unfair, burdensome and inhumane for all those who provide health care, in particularly in an international public health emergency phase ”.
“It now happens that the OE received exposures from several nurses who, testing positive for more than 50 days, have no source of income or protection”, he stresses.
As an example, a couple of nurses who each received only 60 euros of remuneration this month, referring to hours worked in previous months.
“The minimum required is that institutions safeguard the salaries of professionals infected 100%, in view of the enormous effort that is required of them, since we are facing a double penalty: nurses who suffer from the disease and now with cuts in their income”, defends.
For OE, the possibility of receiving 65% or 70% of their salary in the future does not currently safeguard their survival and that of their families.
“The survival of our only line of defense, those who take care of the lives of all of us, is at stake. It is inhumane, shameful and unacceptable ”, says the vice president of the Order of Nurses, Luís Barreira, in the statement.
For nurses, “there is an urgent need to find an immediate solution, of a transitory nature and of an exceptional character”, stressing that “times of emergency require emergency measures”.
According to data released by the Minister of Health last Wednesday in Parliament, there are 3,259 infected health professionals, 480 of whom are doctors and 1,069 nurses.
Portugal accounts for 1,277 deaths associated with covid-19 in 29,912 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest daily bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on the pandemic.
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