Nurses and doctors remembered those daily applause from citizens at the start of the pandemic as something good, but they already knew it wouldn’t last. During the health crisis, they have also heard praise for their work and promises of job and professional reform, but then reality prevails: workforce shortages persist and health workers are saturated and often have uncertain and poorly paid contracts. Huh. Nursing is protesting today in Madrid.
The entire group under the Nursing Unit Manch, all professional associations, organizations of the General Council of Nursing, Satse Sangh and Nursing Schools, researchers and students have organized a demonstration at the center today at 11:30 am. Madrid’s nursing and public health, both to confirm primary care, such as hospital and social health. Private health professionals have also been involved in the protest.
The Infirmary recalls that the vast majority of additional hiring by Autonomy ended in the worst of COVID-19 times. And that one in three nurses have temporary contracts, according to data from Satase, is something the pandemic hasn’t changed despite the need for personnel.
“Uncertainty has been set in; one-day contracts have become very short, which was a shame, but still remains from month to month or in which the situation and schedules change,” explains David Oliver, one of the spokespersons for Satase – Catalonia. .
Fewer nurses than in other neighboring countries, about 130,000 missing
“In the pandemic we have shown that nursing is a priority, that without nurses there is no good health,” Oliver says. And yet, the group recalls that Spain has historically been one of the countries with the lowest nurses ratio per resident; It is 5.6 per 1,000 people, compared to the community average of 9. To assume this average ratio, approximately 130,000 more professionals must be employed. Spain has 325,000 registered nurses (the majority are women).
“The ratio is an indicator that we can’t afford the quality of care we can offer,” Oliver says. stress, burn out, More aggression and abandonment of the profession”.
Nurses are now exploding as they say that after a 10-year cut because of the economic crisis, two and a half years have been added to the pandemic, they have been promised reforms from the administration and those responsible for health, but the Covid The situation of deficit and uncertainty has not changed, but is getting worse.
“We feel ourselves abandoned by God’s hand, ignored, not listened to, privately we get good words, but then they are not translated into deeds, we have to go down the road. And there doesn’t seem to be any way out other than to make people aware that we don’t invest enough in health”, summarizes Oliver.
For example, Satsse-Catalunya points out that waiting lists for consultations and tests are increasing in hospitals and even waiting times for treatment in a primary care center and collapse in centers is becoming more common, not just for the flu. As before or due to holidays “and not only in summer the units and services are closed”.
Among the demands are economic reforms or improving working conditions, as well as requests to stop aggression, which is on the rise: the saturation of counseling leaves many patients and nurses and administrative staff impatient and frustrated. The first are the victims.
Another claim, which has been going on for at least 15 years, is that nursing should be recognized in the so-called group A of public administration employees, and not in the lower professional category, subgroup A2, as it is now. .
Thus nursing takes on the street its accumulated discomfort towards those responsible for administration. The organizations ensure the protests are historic, not the kind of unitary action taken by collectives for years and demand that political leaders “fulfill the commitments made during the pandemic and implement the measures needed to improve health care”. , as well as their professional and working conditions”.
The demonstration will begin at Plaza Jacinto Benavente, pass in front of the Congress of Deputies and end in front of the Ministry of Health. Nursing colleges in various provinces have chartered buses for professionals wishing to take part in the protests, which are expected to attract thousands of participants, although organizers believe that a hot Saturday in June in the capital could reduce attendance.