Around 88% of nurses at Vila Franca Hospital on strike


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Around 88% of nurses at the Vila Franca de Xira Hospital (HVFX) in Lisbon went on strike in the morning to demand career development and working conditions, according to the Portuguese Nurses’ Union (SEP).

The strike, which covers the morning and afternoon, was decided in plenary session by the workers, who consider it essential to create working conditions in order to “attract and retain nurses and respond” to what they consider to be the needs of the HVFX.

“The main demands that nurses have is to hire [more professionals], because they have violent working hours, a lot of overtime, a lot of patients in their care, a lot of holidays owed and they need rest, time for their families, just like everyone else,” Isabel Barbosa, from the SEP, told Lusa.

According to the union leader, the nurses at HVFX also want better working conditions and career development, “namely all the points for progression”.

“In other words, that all years of service are counted towards progression and that added skills are valued, particularly in the case of specialist nurses, who do not automatically move up to the specialist category,” he added.

Isabel Barbosa pointed out that “unfortunately nurses have not been properly recognized and there are problems in Vila Franca that are transversal to the profession”.

“Nurses are dissatisfied with a career that doesn’t value them, with salaries that are insufficient, with specialties that aren’t recognized, with skills and years that aren’t recognized, with excessive hours, with the degradation of services, with a lack of material, and this can only be solved by investing in the National Health Service and valuing its professionals,” he stressed.

According to the trade unionist, if these demands are not met, the HVFX nurses will continue “to take all necessary action”.

The Vila Franca de Xira Hospital has around 500 nurses, according to the SEP.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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