A few days ago a video went viral, whose protagonist was a doctor from the inside hospital: “Film me sir, no problem, we are fed up of being abused. Come inside, come inside, film what is inside, don’t film Me just me, film what’s inside. Film that everything is full. I invite you to come in because all the beds are full. Patient claims to delay guard’s attention. They say “We are tired of threats, videos and threats. Not so.”
According to a provincial media outlet, the overflow situation occurred at the Arturo Illia de Alta Gracia hospital. Roberto Arce, one of the representatives of the hospital, said in a statement to the press that “all that happens is because of the lack of personnel, the government knows that there is too much tourism, too many accidents and does not strengthen the guards”. Huh.”
When asked about the state of hospitals in the interior, María, an erratic doctor in Traslacieras (whose identity has been withheld to avoid retribution), told La Ezquierda Diario that “due to the high demand that exists in tourist areas in summer, All health centers and hospitals work piecemeal. This is made worse because the immediate and emergency response we do in CICs and clinics, when we do not have the necessary elements to do so, puts the health of patients at risk. As well as putting themselves at risk. Ours”.
Furthermore, he said, “the government is making us uncertain, it not only hires new personnel in an uncertain way, but those of us with more seniority are monotributists for many years, like a colleague of mine who It’s been uncertain like this for 25 years and they don’t allow us to rest because they don’t cover our positions”.
The situation is repeated in every hospital in the interior of the province, being overloaded in the summer due to tourism and holiday activities.
First step for health workers and pending loans from the provincial government
At the end of last year, health workers were the protagonists of one of the most important conflicts in the region in recent times. The increase was higher than what the SEP had negotiated, which a close aide to the provincial government assured was that “there was no cash”. This increase was for professionals and for the rest of the health workers, an amount above inflation was also achieved.
As he pointed out in various reflections, these achievements were possible thanks to the unity among precarious workers, monoattributists, medical professionals, nurses, and residents. This unit was expressed within a democratic organization such as the La Coordinadora Salud Córdoba Unit, which is made up of representatives from different regions, with a mandate from the Assembly for Hospitals and Hospitals.
However, as evidenced by the testimony of the workers, the beginning of the year and with it the tourism activities in the interior of Córdoba, to reduce the public, puts on the table the continuation of the policy on the part of the government. Health
Representatives of the coordinator in Sierras Chicas told in a conversation with La Ezquierda Diario that contrary to what the Minister of Health, Barbas had promised, monotributistas have been hired instead to make up for the lack of personnel and vacation licenses . He also recalled that the cities and towns near the capital are the protagonists of the various festivals that take place in the province and that the large number of tourists that these places receive create services that did not have significant reinforcement.
There are organizations that are yet to receive any kind of support, leaving permanent employees exposed to excessive working hours, working against the clock, overwhelmed by demand and in some cases coverage without specifications . As anticipated earlier, far from strengthening the health system, its fragility is deepening and exposed with job insecurity, especially in the summer season.
The great challenge before health workers is not to back down, and that these demands can be articulated at the negotiating tables, maintaining organization from the grassroots, coordination with health users, and unity. Road work is underway to fight against starvation wages and improve living and working conditions.
Many comrades and comrades are in a period of their well-deserved rest, others and others have not yet broken through and are suffering the government’s policy in their bodies. It becomes necessary, more than ever, to maintain the findings that allow them to reach the end of 2022 with the progress achieved. Leaving their position at the negotiating table, all are returning with renewed vigor to start a second round in the fight for their demands.
That the weariness and tiredness caused by mistreatment by the government and the anger that the patient himself takes out on its staff becomes a force to continue the fight with the unity among health workers and the community of users, which allowed Schierti and The hand of his politics.