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Dominican doctors cancel the 48-hour strike announced for this week

The Dominican Medical Association (CMD) today suspended the 48-hour strike called for this Wednesday and Thursday in the country's public hospitals, given that the authorities have established a date to dialogue with the guild, which requires compliance with an agreement that provides a salary increase.

Santo Domingo, November 28 (EFE) .- The Dominican Medical Association (CMD) today suspended the 48-hour strike called for this Wednesday and Thursday in the country's public hospitals, given that the authorities have established a date to dialogue with the union, which requires compliance with an agreement that provides a wage increase.

This would have been the seventh stoppage of the collective doctor, who is summoned to the dialogue table for next December 11, as confirmed by the acting president of the CMD, Waldo Ariel Suero.

The union leader, who He will leave his post in the coming days, said that the meeting will be attended by the new board of directors, headed by Wilson Roa, who was elected president of the collective in the CMD elections. held on November 8.

In this regard, the outgoing president stressed that "the objective was to achieve the meeting," and played down their absence in the negotiations, because "Although I am not the president on that date, the important thing is the meeting," he said.

On several occasions, Suero said that the mobilizations would cease when the Minister of Health, Altagracia Guzmán del Castillo, showed her willingness to negotiate.

For her part, the official insisted that she would not maintain any dialogue under pressure or before the celebration of the elections of the union, but until now there had been no official call for dialogue.

In November 2016, after almost seven months of negotiations and work stoppages, agreed a salary increase of 25% for professionals in the sector and access to pensions for 1,800 people, among other improvements for workers health.

The agreement established that the salary increase would be carried out in two parts, one of 10%, which was applied as of January of this year, and another equivalent to 15%, scheduled for August.

However, the CMD ensures that more than 5,000 doctors, most of them workers from hospitals belonging to the Dominican Social Security Institute (IDSS), they were left out of the second installment of the increase, which is denied by the Ministry of Health.

On the other hand, Suero reported that, in only four days, from Friday 24 to Monday 27 of In November, the death of eleven newborns was recorded in the Nuestra Señora de La Altagracia maternity hospital, the main one in the country.

Recently, CMD requested that the Minister of Health be sanctioned. Health due to the increase in the death rate of newborns in this hospital, where during the first ten months of 2017 507 babies died of 10,980 live births, which means a Neonatal mortality rate of 46 per 1000.

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