European doctors call on governments of the European Union member countries to guarantee the minimum wage for hospital doctors, starting from no less than two to three national average salaries, and to ensure uninterrupted financing of health systems at a level comparable with the EU average.
The European Association of Hospital Physicians and Medical Employees adopted at the General Assembly held in May 17 to 19 in Varna, a statement urging the governments of the European Union member countries to ensure uninterrupted funding schemes for the health system at a level comparable with the average of the EU countries in order to meet the first factor for economic recovery in the EU, states a press release sent by the College of Physicians in Romania to Mediafax.
The two professional organizations require, an improvement of technical facilities in hospitals, so as to meet international scientific standards, guaranteeing a minimum wage for hospital doctors, according to their qualifications, but at least as high as two or three average salaries per economy, full and rapid implementation of national legislation on working time directives, achieving a balance between the working time and personal time and family life, thus guaranteeing a professional autonomy and self-government of hospital doctors.
â€œThe right to health is a fundamental right recognized by all European treaties. The delegations of EMSA and FEMS meeting in Varna believe that maintaining the quality of the health systems in all member countries of the European Union requires suitable working conditions for doctors in hospitals,â€ said the representatives of the Medical College of Romania (CMR).
Romania was represented at this meeting by the Medical College of Romania, the Democratic Federation of Physicians â€œDr. Ioan Cantacuzinoâ€ and the Federal Chamber of Physicians.
â€œI felt embarrassed when I compared the situation in Romania to that of doctors in other countries. In the debate, representatives of other countries were shocked by some aspects regarding the Romanian medical system, especially regarding the income they get, working time and independence. Delegations of the two organizations have expressed support for the position of the College of Physicians in Romania. Some delegates have considered shameful the revenues that doctors form Romania and Bulgaria receive. Therefore the mention of salaries two or three times as big as the national average salaries, and on a later stage the establishment of a European line of income for doctors from different systems in Europeâ€, said Professor Vasile Astarastoae, president of CMR.
At the meeting, the representative of the Medical College of Romania, Vlad Tica Ph.D., was elected Vice President of the European Association of Hospital Doctors.
AEHM is a professional association that aims primarily to improve all aspects of the conditions in hospitals in Europe. The association defends hospital doctors, engages in debates about the European directives and national legislation regarding working conditions, European Working time Directives, Directives on services in Health and free movement of health professionals.