The National Association of Municipal Health Officials (Confusam) confirmed that it will hold a three-day strike under the slogan “Health in Chile deserves more and better funding.” Specifically, the mobilization will last on September 27th, 28th and 29th.
From the organization that brings together 27 associations, they stated in a Facebook statement that “in view of the inadequate response from the government, the National Directorate has announced in an official statement a nationwide strike” that will be carried out “throughout the national territory” to combat the to sustain ethical change across primary care.”
According to Confusam, the mobilization will focus on marches through the different areas on the 27th, rallies on the 28th and a national march in Santiago on the 29th.
The mobilization comes less than two weeks after a 40-hour strike led by the National Federation of Health Workers (Fenats) and the National Confederation of University Health Services Professionals (Fenpruss).
From Confusam they explained that “the end of the health alert is used as an excuse for Dipres to make cuts to health budgets.”
“More than 300,000 users have joined Fonasa in the last few months, and they have all come with their contributions to the public sector, all putting additional pressure on a system that is already overstretched and underfunded,” they added.
The former Undersecretary of Assistance Networks, Luis Castillo, stated: “It is historic that the unions are mobilizing on these dates; “While the analysis of the state budget begins and the exploratory budget of the Ministry of Finance is available, attempts will always be made on these dates to promote improvements in various sectors.”