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.