Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská wants to organise another round of talks with representatives of nurses and health-care employers later this week on the subject of increases to nurses' salaries, the TASR newswire learnt.
The exact date of the meeting was not released on Monday, April 30, when Zvolenská stated that she believes that health-care employers will behave in a conciliatory manner over the next two months before the ministry secures money for their salary hike. Zvolenská wants to make an agreement with their employers for them to use all the money from a €50-million reserve in the state budget that will be paid through insurers and will make it possible to increase nurses' salaries.
On Friday, April 27, the minister promised to deliver money from the reserve in an attempt to avert the threat of a strike by nurses, who should have seen their salaries rise as of April 1. Hospitals have been looking for loopholes to avoid the salary hike, claiming that they don't have enough money to pay it.
The Sme daily wrote in today’s issue that health-insurance companies would give money to cover salaries of medical employees, but that this will come only in June and the second half of the year. Until then, hospitals will have to pay, for example, May salaries from the money they have at their disposal, Sme wrote. Money to cover the rise will come from the state reserve; the minister agreed to provide the sum only after health insurers promised to use all of it for salaries.
Sources: TASR, Sme
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. May 2012 at 14:00