Strike by nurses leads to the postponement of hundreds of surgeries

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The nurses meet this Thursday the second day of the strike. On Wednesday, the shutdown forced the postponement of hundreds of surgeries across the country. Since January, nurses have completed more than a hundred days of strikes. A business meeting between the unions and the Ministry of Health is scheduled for Friday.


On Wednesday, nurses’ adherence to the shutdown was around 100 percent.

Estimates point to about three thousand surgeries postponed for each day of shutdown, which in a six-day strike equals about 18,000 operations canceled.

Only urgent surgeries are assured by the minimum services.

In the northern part of the country, of the 84 operating rooms, 70 were closed. In the hospitals of Tondela, Viseu, Lamego and Figueira da Foz and at the Daniel de Matos Maternity Hospital in Coimbra, the scheduled surgeries were not performed.

In Algarve, the hospitals of Faro and Portimão the two ambulatory surgery units were also closed and 40 surgeries were canceled.

In the oncology area, there are surgeries to be postponed for two months and doctors speak of a “very worrying” situation in the fight against waiting lists.

The president of the Portuguese Ambulatory Surgery Association, Carlos Magalhães, acknowledges that health strikes are increasing waiting times for surgeries. Including those of cancer patients.
An expert from a large hospital in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region told Diário de Notícias that there are 12 cancer patients who had surgeries postponed because of the September nurses’ strike, and three of them are having operations canceled because of these strikes Of this month.

Another person in charge of scheduling surgeries at a major hospital in the central region tells the newspaper that only on the first day of the nurses’ strike – which focused precisely on the operating blocks – more than 50 patients saw their surgeries canceled, with cancer patients were also affected.

The canon of the Medical Association told Antena1 that it is not aware of concrete cases.
However, José Guimarães warns that for a cancer patient two months of waiting “is a long time”.

On Wednesday the protest was only in the operating rooms. Today, the paralysis is in all health institutions of the public sector that have nurses in the service.

At the end of the first day of the strike, the president of the Union of Portuguese Nurses made a positive assessment.

José Carlos Martins stressed that “there is still no closed balance sheet”, but rather some figures that show the dissatisfaction of the nurses.

The national strike is repeated between October 16 and 19, when a demonstration is scheduled in freight to the Ministry of Health in Lisbon.

More than 100 days of strike

Since the beginning of 2018, nurses have already completed more than a hundred days of strike. Some work stoppages were all day long. Others are partial, such as the overtime strike in force since July 1.

The Directorate General of Administration and Public Employment registered 105 days of nurses’ strike. In 282 days, 37 percent were marked by protests.

The paralyzes were recorded in March, May, June, August and September.

Out of the count were 29 pre-warnings of local strike at different health facilities.

The minimum services have always been guaranteed.

Fair claims

The Minister of Health, Adalberto Campos Fernandes, considers the demands of nurses to be fair and shows willingness to reach an understanding.
“What is the willingness of nurses to have a different career architecture that values ​​them and prestige is recognized as justness by the government. If there is a professional group in health that needs to recreate a model of professional development are nurses,” he stressed. ruler.

A meeting between the nurses’ unions and the Ministry of Health is scheduled for Friday.

Nurses are demanding a new negotiating proposal from the nursing career that meets the expectations of the professionals and the commitments assumed with the guardianship.