Family doctors and pharmacists back on strike today

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Family doctors and pharmacists of the National Health Service (SNS) are starting new strikes today to demand that the Ministry of Health make progress in negotiations on the valorization of careers and salary scales.

Called by the National Union of Pharmacists (SNF), the protest of these health professionals starts today with a national strike and includes two stoppages on September 5 and 12 by districts, which will culminate with a new nationwide strike scheduled for 19 of that month.

The union, which regrets that the Ministry of Health “continues to remain silent and without expressing any intention of starting a serious negotiation process”, has called for a gathering of pharmacists at 10:30 today near the Palace of São Bento, the official residence of the Prime Minister.

Among the demands of the SNF is the updating of salary scales, the full counting of the length of service for promotion and career progression, the adequacy of the number of pharmacists to the needs of the public service and the recognition by the Ministry of Health of the title of specialist.

Also today begins a month-long strike on overtime work by family doctors, called by the Independent Union of Doctors, which admits that this protest will affect tens of thousands of consultations in health centers.

This stoppage is part of a series of strikes that SIM recently announced to protest against the absence of concrete proposals from the Government in the negotiations on salary scales and career development that have been ongoing since 2022 without agreement.

In addition to this overtime strike, the union has scheduled another nationwide doctors’ strike, which will run from Tuesday to Thursday.

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