The Ministry of Health announced that it presented to the unions, this Thursday, a draft decree-law to create the career of auxiliary health technician. A step that he considers to be “decisive” for the legal recognition of the career.
The Secretary of State for Health, Ricardo Mestre, was once again seated at the negotiating table with the union associations that represent auxiliary health technicians and presented a decree-law that aims to create the legal career regime in hospitals and public health centers that integrate the National Health Service (SNS).
“The new careers unequivocally value the role of these workers in the functioning of health services and in the provision of health care to the population. In particular, this diploma represents the recognition, by the Government, of the specificity and requirement of the functions performed by these professionals in supporting the complex, and often unpredictable, process that characterizes the activity that is carried out daily in health services and establishments. This response requires multidisciplinary teams, which without the auxiliary health technicians would not be able to carry out their mission”, points out the ministry, in a statement sent to the newsrooms. .
According to the guardianship, the draft diploma defines that the career of auxiliary health technician will cover SNS workers, “regardless of the binding regime – employment contract in public functions or employment contract – that they exercise in the area of care of health, corresponding to the functional content of an auxiliary health technician”. The proposal foresees that the career “will have a multi-category structure, developing in two categories”.
It should be remembered that the career of auxiliary health technician was defined until 2008, the year in which these professionals moved to the general careers of the State. Already during the last legislature, with Marta Temido at the head of the tutelage, the possibility of recovering the specific career was opened, and the process was resumed with the current Minister of Health, Manuel Pizarro. Although the career definition was foreseen in the State Budget for 2022, negotiations have continued until now.
The ministry also advances that the draft decree-law and the preliminary study will now be published as a separate part of the Labor and Employment Bulletin for the purposes of public appreciation for 30 days.