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Judins: 52.38 million euros would be enough to raise doctors’ wages 20%

EUR 52.38 million would be enough to raise healthcare workers’ wages by 20%, said Saeima deputy Andrejs Judins after studying data from the State Revenue Service.

Bank analysts: unemployment decline might stop in Latvia next year

The unemployment level decline in Latvia will become slower or even stop next year, according to bank analysts. Swedbank senior economist Agnese Buceniece says under slower economic growth demand for labourers will gradually calm down. The first signals for this came up from business surveys.

Bank: Latvian residents have become more active with making savings

Following increased economic growth, there has been an improvement with Latvian residents’ financial reserves, according to data compiled by Swedbank. Nearly 17% of them have managed to save up money worth three or more wage amounts (2% more than last year), according to data from Swedbank.

Average salary in Latvia reportedly EUR 801 in Q3 of 2019

Compared to Q3 2018, the average monthly gross wages and salaries grew by 8.3 % or EUR 84, reaching EUR 1 091 for full-time work in Q3 2019. In Q1 and Q2, the growth rate was slower – 7.8 %.

Prime minister on Latvia’s budget: this matter has been put aside

Latvia’s budget for 2020 will not be reviewed. The government is «moving forward», said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to LNT programme 900 seconds on Wednesday, 27 November.

Prime minister asks healthcare minister to come up with new wage model for doctors

Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has ordered Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele to prepare ideas for a new wage model for doctors by the end of January 2020, as confirmed by the State Chancellery.

Fiscal Discipline Council opposes increase of state budget deficit

Latvia’s Fiscal Discipline Council objects to the proposal to use budget deficit as a funding source to help increase healthcare workers’ wages, as the council reports.

Healthcare Minister refuses to drop idea of financing healthcare at budget deficit’s expense

Latvian Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele is committed to meeting with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš to discuss the idea of increasing healthcare funding at the expense of state budget deficit.

Attīstībai/Par! political party invites raising doctors’ wages at budget deficit’s expense

Political parties association Attīstībai/Par! invites allocating the necessary EUR 60 million for doctors’ wages at the expense of budget deficit, as reported by the political party’s representative Amālija Brūvere.

Minister: pressure is needed, but the message of LVSADA’s protest is unclear

Pressure from doctors will be needed in the future, but the message of the protest organized by Latvian Trade Union of Health and Social Care Workers is unclear, Latvia’s Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele told journalists on Tuesday, 19 November.

Doctors: Healthcare Ministry’s offered wage increase model is unfair

Healthcare Ministry’s proposed model for wage increase for doctors is unfair is goes against the previously voiced desire to raise wages for all healthcare workers equally, said chairman of Latvian Young Doctors Association Kārlis Rācenis and Latvia Health and Social Care Workers Trade Union chairman Valdis Keris.

Latvia’s Healthcare Ministry proposes increasing wages for residents by 20%

Healthcare Ministry has come forth with a proposal to increase wages of local residents by 20% and wages of all other healthcare workers by 10%.

October’s unemployment level in Latvia at 5.7%

The registered unemployment level in Latvia was 5.7% of economically active population in October, which is as much as a month prior, according to data from the State Employment Agency.

Doctors urge government to postpone budget approval; prepare for strike

Latvian Doctors Union, Latvian Young Doctors Association and Latvian Nurses Association urge the government to postpone budget approval and continue talks about allocation of additional funding for healthcare in 2020 and future years, associations report.

PHOTO: doctors and opponents of municipal reform protest outside the Saeima

It was rather crowded around the Saeima prior to the parliament’s first meeting of November. Latvian doctors came to protest and demand provision of promised funding for healthcare. Later, however, opponents of the municipal reform joined them to voice their opinions.

Prime Minister says use of funding for healthcare could benefit from more transparency

We need greater transparency for the division of funding in healthcare so that both doctors and society have an understanding how this money is used, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma.


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