Paramedics will probably be rewarded for the autumn wave of the covid-19 epidemic probably in June at the earliest. The government has not yet approved how much money will go to announce a subsidy program from which bonuses will be paid to health professionals. Due to budgetary rules, rewards can be paid no earlier than three months from the date the government approves the money. The Aktuálně.cz server wrote it on Wednesday. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) and the Minister of Health Jan Blatný (for YES), who last mentioned April as the payment date, spoke repeatedly about the rewards.
“If the government approves the funds for the subsidy program as soon as possible, the rewards could be paid in May at the earliest. However, it seems more realistic in June,” the spokeswoman of the Ministry of Health Barbora Peterová quotes the server.
The postponement of rewards for health professionals is criticized by the President of the Czech Medical Chamber (ČLK) Milan Kubek. “The government has ruined what it could, and the consequences of an uncontrolled epidemic are being addressed by paramedics. We have managed to save tens of thousands of people. What is happening is a catastrophe unparalleled in our modern history, but without medics , “said Kubek. He added that the government has not communicated with him about remuneration since December.
The burden on hospitals for patients with covid-19 is now enormous. 6,171 of them were hospitalized on Tuesday, 1,196 in severe condition, which is the second highest value since the outbreak. According to current data from the Ministry of Health, there are 165 vacancies left in the ICU and ARO units for people with covid, about 20 less than on Tuesday morning.
One month ago, Blatný said on Czech Television that the provision of rewards does not depend only on him, but his goal is for health professionals to see them in the March payout in April. It should be about ten billion crowns, but the rewards, unlike those for last year’s spring wave of covid-19, should not be paid by the state, but by health insurance companies. Babiš then confirmed that paramedics could receive similar rewards for their work in the autumn as for the spring wave. “That is my idea, of course, but that is the task of Minister Blatný,” he told ČT.
Following an January statement by Blatný and Babiš, the Czech Medical Chamber called on the chairmen of political parties in an open letter to support the earlier payment of bonuses for health professionals for covid-19. Kubek suggests that in the two autumn months, each paramedic receive an additional 50,000 crowns. The reward should also be for private doctors and their employees, who, according to Kubek, facilitate work with overcrowded hospitals.
From March to May, paramedics in hospitals received an additional 75,000 crowns gross. The other employees were entitled to a reward of 30 thousand crowns. In total, the government approved 11.5 billion crowns, most of the money went to the October payment.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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