Doctors demonstrate today at WHO meeting in Porto

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The National Federation of Doctors (Fnam) will mark the sector’s grievances today with a protest initiative at the World Health Organization Symposium in Porto.

Between 08:00 and 10:00, the doctors promise a “flashmob” in defense of the “dignity” of the medical career and the future of the National Health Service (SNS).

“We are especially targeting the foreign health ministers present at the event, but also the Portuguese government and the Minister of Health, Dr. Manuel Pizarro, to send out a warning cry to abandon their stubbornness and have the courage to incorporate the doctors’ proposals into the SNS, so that all citizens in Portugal can have access to a public, universal, quality health service with a future,” the federation said in a statement.

The demonstrators also sent a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO), asking it, in its forthcoming reflections on “the future of health systems in the digital age”, not to forget, “as it did this time”, the digital challenge for public health systems.

The action at the WHO Symposium is the first stage of the “FNAM TOUR”, which will tour various health units in Portugal, with the aim of reinforcing the mobilization of doctors to submit declarations of unwillingness to work overtime beyond the mandatory 150 hours per year, and to map the “dramatic situation” in the various health units.

The tour of the country will end in Lisbon on November 14 with a national demonstration in front of the Ministry of Health, along with a two-day national strike scheduled for November 14 and 15.

NHS pharmacists are also fighting for better pay and career progression, among other demands, and are on strike today in the districts of Beja, Évora, Faro, Lisbon, Portalegre, Santarém and Setúbal and in the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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