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Healthcare Ministry not in a hurry to organize final meeting to discuss doctors’ pay

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe work group handling matters associated with matters of doctor wages in Latvia needs more time to prepare its report and perform the necessary calculations. This is why the final meeting will not be taking place this week.

It was previously planned that the work group would present its report by 27 July.

According to Healthcare Ministry’s representative Oskars Šneiders, it is necessary to perform estimates before the conclusive meeting can be organized. These estimates will be backed by information the ministry expects to receive from healthcare institutions.

Šneiders said preparing information is hard work. It is expected that this work will be finished this week. «If we receive all the necessary information soon, the conclusive meeting may be organized next week,» said the ministry’s representative.

Latvian Health and Social Care Unions is worried that Healthcare Ministry has decided not to organize the meeting of the work group because of unexplained reasons.

The union’s chairman Valdis Keris notes that the ministry’s delays in approval of jointly developed wage principles seem suspicious. «It would be a shame if everything the work group and government have accomplished was nothing more than a theatrical performance,» said Keris.

The union hopes the ministry’s promises about increasing wages for doctors remain in force.

As previously reported, the work group responsible for discussing the matter with doctor wages had reached an agreement at the beginning of July. This agreement stated that doctors’ wages are to be increased by 20% by 2021.

Keris said at the time that the work group had reached an agreement that Healthcare Ministry’s calculated proposal to increase wages by 20% is acceptable. In addition, an agreement was reached in relation to different non-material benefits for doctors and medical staff.

At the same time, Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša mentioned that the government has plans to search for EUR 70 million to help increase wages next year.


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