Changes to doctors’ working conditions agreed

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Regional health chiefs have reached an agreement with unions over a 35-hour week for GPs, amongst other ‘improvements’.

However, the main medics’ union, CESM – which organised Monday’s strike – says it will maintain the industrial action planned for April 3 and May 8.

Workforce representatives are at loggerheads in the dispute, with the CESM accusing traditional ‘class struggle’ unions of not pursuing some of their grievances and ‘trying to shut them up’.

The regional health department reported on Wednesday that they have come to an agreement with the negotiators from five unions, CCOO, UGT, SATSE, CSIF and Intersindical Valenciana – with the abstention of the CESM in the vote.

This includes the 35-hour working week for doctors, which will be brought in ‘progressively’ so it is fully operational by January 1, 2025.

Full report in Friday’s Costa Blanca News

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