Since the arrival of psychiatrist Carolina Corcho in the Ministry of Health, there have been about 150 officials and contractors who came from the previous government and who were fired, including people who had been working in that portfolio for a long time and who were about to leave. to retire
that’s why, Week He recently heard several testimonies from people who had to leave their positions in the Ministry of Health for reasons related to the new administration. In turn, the former executives pointed to an atmosphere of fear that existed as the layoffs were likely to continue.
“There has always been human genius with the judgement,” said a former ministry official who came to the fore with the change of government and who preferred not to be identified publicly. However, with the arrival of Corcho, it is condemned that there is no longer room in Colombia for other ways of thinking about health: He said, “On this occasion, what is worth noting is that one who is not in the same line of thought is useless.”
According to the former official’s consultation, Minister Corcho is doing without some veterans: “If you don’t believe what has been built over the last 30 years, if you don’t believe the officials who created this system, So clearly you don’t need them.”
In this sense, many concluded that It is the “largest departure in the portfolio’s history” of personnel. Others lament the loss of the learning curve at the unit, which allowed it to successfully weather crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is also supported by a former official who was in the ministry for more than 20 years and worked closely with several ministers. “I was a year away from retiring because of my age and I am a single mother who is the head of the family. Right for whom? Because they are considered for all Colombians,” he said in the conversation. Week,
,Leaving after 20 years is not easy. Sometimes it’s not what they did, but manner and manners. It is supposed to be a government of change,” the former official said.
According to the former official, there are no hostile words to carry out these evacuations. It is enough to declare them non-existent or they see a resume published for the post, one step before the appointment on the website of the candidates for the presidency of the republic.
It is worth noting that there are also cases of officials who resign on their own, but not before feeling strong pressure due to their opposition to the proposals of Minister Corcho.
“I felt everything smelled like the previous government, so they didn’t like it. All the technical discussion was falling on deaf ears. It was like talking to a wall permanently for everything,” said a senior official, who decided to step aside.
“I thought it might be a good exit. I thought maybe they could value me a little more in other scenarios or that we’re going to end the fight and leave a fight in resignation,” said the former officer. .
Management positions were the ones that suffered most from Minister Corcho’s sweep
Out of about 25 officials, only one who comes from the previous government is doing his job. “One knows that they are appointed and removed independently, and that they are positions of trust, but down there, when you start looking at the people who have been there for so many years, it really hurts.” Because it is institutional memory. People are a year away from retirement, months away,’ said the former official.
By the way, at the end of 2022 the departure of many contractors in areas such as communications was announced. While they were promised renewal of their respective contracts, the field coordinator ended up with a three-minute phone call.
“There were 23 in the office and 23 were fired. It was ugly, but for my part I let go and tried not to let my head or heart beat me. It is a tragedy to be unemployed in a country with such a complicated situation. said a former communications equipment contractor.