National Federation of Doctors announces strike on October 17 and 18


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The National Federation of Doctors (Fnam) today announced a new strike, on October 17 and 18, in response to the government’s position of “unilaterally legislating” the new full dedication regime, without the agreement of the unions.

Justifying the new strike, the president of Fnam, Joana Bordalo e Sá, told Lusa, outside the seventh extraordinary negotiating meeting at the Ministry of Health, that the government “is going to legislate unilaterally, without the agreement of the unions”, the new full dedication regime and the associated salary scale, “worsening working conditions” for doctors in the National Health Service (SNS).

Fnam had already scheduled two days of national strike action for November 14 and 15 and a demonstration outside the Ministry of Health in Lisbon for November 14.

In July and August, the doctors went on strike for two days, also promoted by Fnam.

Negotiations between the government and doctors’ unions began in 2022 without the parties reaching a consensus.

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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