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Latvian government conceptually supports raising wages of medical personnel

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, members of the government went through a report prepared by Healthcare Ministry in regards to increasing wages for doctors, nurses and other medical staff in the next three years.

With this decision, the government affirmed the planned wage increase for doctors by 20% in the next three years, thereby giving a clear signal to the next government.

The government conceptually supported the need to continue increasing wages in the healthcare sector for the next three years. Members of the government also supported reviewing the necessary funding amount during the preparation process of the state budget, as reported by Healthcare Ministry.

The plan to increase wages for doctors was approved early on in 2017, when the government approved the conceptual report On Healthcare System’s Reform. Now that the Cabinet of Ministers has approved the plan, doctors and specialists will be paid EUR 1,856 on average next year (EUR 1,547 at the moment). In 2020, wages will reach an average of EUR 2,227. Wages of medical personnel will reach EUR 2,672 in 2021. Wages of patient care staff will increase from EUR 928 to EUR 1,114 next year, EUR 1,336 in 2020 and EUR 1,603 in 2021. Wages of treatment and patient care support personnel will increase from EUR 620 to EUR 742 next year, EUR 891 in 2020 and EUR 1,069 in 2021.

It is estimated that the planned 20% increase of wages and extended work hour pay following the cancellation of extended normal work hours will require EUR 103.6 million from the state budget in 2019, EUR 207.3 million in 2020 and EUR 330.7 million in 2021.

The planned increase of wages in the next several years is one of the major steps towards resolving the problem of shortage of human resources in the healthcare industry. This aspect is also detailed in the report. During a meeting of the National Council for Trilateral Cooperation a decision was made to propose changes to the Medical Treatment Law, planning a longer transition period for medical personnel to voluntarily work more hours than usual in a single medical institution. This would help resolve the shortage of personnel in medical institutions. One possible solution that was discussed during this year’s meeting was the permitted number of extended work hours.

Considering the decision on allocation of funding for doctors’ wages will be made by the new government, it is planned to turn to the Saeima with a request to find an immediate legal solution to increase wages in the next three years.


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