Wednesday, October 16 2013 @ 10:19 PM EDT
Contributed by: Staff_Journalist
The unions have rejected once again the opportunity of sitting down to talk with the health authorities to try and seek the mechanisms to finalize the medical strike.
Díaz said the attitude of the different health unions was an “intransigent position”, because they have not attended any of the calls made by the Health Ministry to resolve the situation, and instead they want Law 69 to be repealed first before they sit down and talk.
The official encouraged the different unions and associations led by the National Medical Negotiating Committee to stop with their attitude because “they are making the Panamanian people suffer,” said Díaz.
On the other hand, Pablo Vargas, president of the National Assembly Committee said they are still postponing the first hearing of the amendments they plan to make on Law 69.
"We are waiting for the unions and the Church to finalize this strike. We will be in recess until they decide to come,” said Vargas.
The draft bill 54 talks about four amendments that according to Javier Díaz are based on the requests made by the different health sectors. They exclude Panama and Colon and the urban zones of Panama East and West from the list of work areas for the staff coming from abroad. They also added bonuses and travel expenses between 50% and 100% and the financing of scholarships for the formation of specialist Panamanians abroad. (Telemetro)