Health professionals required to serve in public facilities
08/05/2013 - All professional staff and health technicians will be required to serve for two years in a public health institution under a proposal approved yesterday by the Cabinet that was presented by Minister of Health Javier Díaz.
Díaz said that the number of graduates from universities who are working in non-health sectors is worrying. Therefore, he added that the initiative "is a palliative to the high rate of unemployment in the sector."
The workers will receive salaries in accordance with the existing wage levels for each profession.
Before the proposal was approved, Álvaro Lozano, vice president of the medical workers union Conagreprotsa, said that he needed more information about the proposal.
He said it could lead to better training for medical professionals, and that he supports any measure that "creates a system that will help patients."
Currently, only doctors and nurses must meet this standard.