This week we have been able to see health workers on the warpath, maintaining a strike due to their working conditions. The MIR of the Community of Madrid, which are the doctors who are undergoing training in the different centers for periods of four or five years, demand a collective agreement to regularize endless working hours, liberty of guardiace and a very poor salary when they perform almost the same job as a regular doctor. The Community of Madrid is not willing to give in for good and, to begin with, has imposed a minimum of 100% services. Wow, it seems that they are very necessary!
But what is charged by health personnel, from public centers, in our country? It is not an easy question to answer, although a priori it would seem the opposite because in the 17 autonomous communities, wages vary greatly. For example, in terms of doctors, a specialist doctor in the Basque Country earns approximately € 54,000 per year (€ 4,500 a month, counting extraordinary payments), while the same professional in Murcia wins over € 40,000 (3330 € / month). Therefore, the surreal situation occurs that for the same job a person earns 14,000 euros more or less depending on the geographical location where they work.
Years of study and preparation
It should be remembered that to become a specialist doctor you must have a very good average grade in high school, because if it will not be difficult to achieve the cut mark of the medical schools, study hard during the six-year career, pass the MIR exam with a good number, which is easy for us and then, during a period of four or five years, carry out the specialty.
In this way, over 30 years, in the best case, you can start exercising. Then an endless series of guard contracts will begin., part-time, substitutions, or interim doctor, which normally lasts for several years, until the employment situation can be consolidated.
How much does a nurse charge?
Let's talk about the salaries of the rest of the health personnel. Although the same geographic inequality occurs as with doctors, salaries, on average, range from € 18,000 (€ 1,500 / month) from a warden to € 20,000 (€ 1,660 / month) from an assistant or € 26,000 (€ 2,160 / month) from a specialist nurse.
It may seem more or less, when compared to other works, but the COVID pandemic, if it has served any purpose, is to highlight the importance of this group. To begin with, the toilets have not been confined during the pandemic and have put their lives at risk on a daily basis.
There is more to see the number of infected, in this group, that exceeds 51,000 cases with more than 75 deaths. In other words, due to the shortage of material, approximately 20% of all cases in our country are health personnel. Does any other sector have these figures? We all know colleagues who have been about to leave their orphaned children or widowed partners after weeks in the ICU.
More years, less salary
What has happened to the salary of health personnel over the years? According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), it is the group that has lost the most purchasing power since 2010, between 20 to 30%. In this year he suffered a cut of 5%, like that of other officials, It has been frozen between 2011 and 2015, in 2016 and 2017 it increased by 1% and in 2018 an agreement was reached with the minister Cristóbal Montoro for a salary increase of approximately 2% per year. Thus, there is a paradox that most doctors earn less now than in 2010.
What happens in other countries? The salary of a doctor in Spain is half that in France or 40% than in Germany or the United Kingdom. Being one of the countries in Europe with the lowest economic remuneration. At the same time, in France, a budget increase of 8,000 million euros in healthcare has just been approved to raise wages and create 15,000 jobs in the sector and a COVID pay of around € 1,000 has been given, as a reward for the efforts of this collective. Nothing is further from the situation in our country.
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