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Nurses in Peru to Begin Indefinite Strike to Demand Better Wages and Equipment by Idowu Olabode : August 03, 2017, 07:10:49 AM
-40% of Nurses in Govt Hospitals are on contract without benefits
-Equipment in public Hospitals are Obsolete
-1 Nurse usually nurse 40 patients per shift

Nurses from Peru's Ministry of Health announced they will go an indefinite strike starting August 7.

The health care professionals will join doctors who have been striking for three weeks to demand higher wages and more investment in infrastructure.

The nearly 20,000 health workers will suspend work indefinitely, providing only critical and emergency health care services.

According to Zoila Cotrina, a representative of the Federation of Nurses of the Ministry of Health of Peru, around 40 percent of nurses are sub-contracted and have no benefits.

The nurses are demanding that the Ministry of Health address their work demands and implement an action plan to respond to Peru's current medical crisis.

Nurses are also going to go on an indefinite strike on August 7."

The health workers also say they lack the necessary resources to provide adequate medical services.

"The staff is insufficient because a nurse attends to about 40 patients per shift in the country's public hospitals," Cotrina said.

The president of the National Federation of Doctors described the public health situation under Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski as "disastrous."

"The fundamental reason behind this strike is in favor of our patients" Danilo Salazar, president of the National Federation of Doctors on the Ministry of Health told teleSUR in July.

"Since last year we have asked for an increase in the health budget because our country has the one with the lowest budget for health with relation to the GDP in comparison to the neighbor countries."

"We don't have medicine, materials, or laboratories, and many hospitals are falling to the ground," he added.

In July, a group of doctors from the Association of Physicians also launched a hunger strike in protest of the deteriorating conditions.

The association announced it will extend the hunger strike to other regions of the country including the hospitals in Chiclayo located in the northwest Peru’s Lambayeque region.

The medical workers have also demanded the resignation of Health Minister Patricia Garcia, who is accused of avoiding dialogue.

In 2016, protesters demanding better wages complained the state transferred US$75 million to private clinics to satisfy the necessities of the public sector, calling the measure a disguised privatization of the public health system.

Source : Telesurv TV

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