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Health unions called for the necessity of developing and updating legislation related to their professions and not delaying this in order to advance the professions and unions in the Kingdom.
The leaders of these unions pointed out, during a dialogue meeting held at the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development Organization (ARD) the day before yesterday, that there are obstacles and problems that require developing and updating legislation to solve, as they are sometimes unable to legislate laws or exercise their required oversight role.
For his part, the head of the Doctors Syndicate, Dr. Ziad Al-Zoubi, stated that the provides its members with more than one form of social protection, and works to preserve and defend their rights. There are 43,000 members, including those who have died, retired, or are unable to work.
He added that there is a deficit in the union’s retirement fund of about 25 million dinars, indicating that the doctors who did not pay what they owed amounted to more than 34 million, which exceeds the percentage of the deficit in the fund, and that 55% of the Ministry of Health’s doctors have either had their memberships canceled or deserve to be canceled, while 65% of doctors in medical universities are late in paying their subscriptions to the and are subject to cancellation, pointing out that the fund faced a crisis during Corona, because the number of deceased people doubled over the previous years, in addition to the withdrawal of many doctors.
Al-Zoubi pointed out that the productive age of a doctor does not begin before forty years, as the doctor does not receive a fair wage in exchange for self-investment in his education, and the new wage list came primarily to serve the patient, noting that some doctors may exaggerate wages, and the problem is that the patient agrees to that.
He continued: Social protection is a human right, and there are no less than 20% of families in the Kingdom that are not covered by health insurance.
As for the head of the Pharmacists Syndicate, Dr. Muhammad Al-Ababneh, he confirmed that more than 5,000 pharmacists, both male and female, are unemployed in the Kingdom, and there are those who work for a salary of 150 dinars, and about 21,000 pharmacists are studying at universities, stressing the urgent need to develop and legislation and not delay this, if we want to. Promoting professions and unions.
He pointed out that the has medical days in the governorates to provide medicine to those in need. The Medicine Bank was also formed 3 months ago, and medical days were set to work in the governorates, in addition to providing free pharmaceutical advice in coordination with the treating physician, and forming a committee in coordination with the King Hussein Cancer Center and the Ministry of Health to work For field visits to schools to convey an awareness campaign to students related to combating smoking.
He pointed out the existence of a social solidarity fund and life and disability insurance for members of the union, noting that every week 10-15 pharmacies open, and there are also pharmacies that close, so issues and problems must be addressed in a scientific manner in cooperation with the relevant authorities and ministries.
The head of the Nurses Syndicate, Dr. Khaled Al-Rababa, explained that the has a retirement fund that provides part of a decent life for nurses after retirement. It also provides good interest-free loans to them, works to follow up on their rights in the relevant ministries, and aspires to reduce unemployment and the unemployed, so it was able to market Jordanian talent in the Gulf and America. And Europe, where approximately 14-15 thousand male and female nurses work outside the Kingdom.
He continued that the provides continuing education, courses and workshops for all workers in the nursing profession, so that they maintain high efficiency and quality of service provided on the latest equipment, noting that it has begun developing a distinguished simulation laboratory that is the first of its kind.
Al-Rababa stated that the has obstacles with the ministries, in addition to some problems and obstacles in organizing the profession, as there is no actual participation with the relevant ministries, and it cannot legislate laws or exercise its oversight role.
He pointed out that there are daily attacks on members and health personnel, noting that unions have been demanding for 5 years that there be deterrent laws, and so far this has not been done.
In turn, the head of the Dentists Syndicate, Dr. Azem Al-Qaddoumi, confirmed that the unions took it upon themselves to establish retirement and health insurance funds, in order to secure a decent life for their members, as there are half a million professionals present in the Jordanian professional unions.
He added that the follows up doctors in their workplaces and is keen to obtain the rights of its members, stressing that the dentist is part of Jordanian society, and has the right to live a decent life in exchange for what he provides, indicating that it is natural to look at the wages and fees of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and all sectors, Something equal and similar to the rate of inflation, high prices, and the costs of practicing professions.
Al-Qaddoumi revealed that a new wage list for dentists will soon be issued, as its first title will be addressing the defect in the presence of remedial procedures that are not present in the old wage list.
He noted that the old wage list is not proportional to the service fees of the doctor, as accusations are thrown against doctors in this matter, that they do not take into account the economic situation of society, but these charges are false, pointing to the existence of a law to improve and regulate the professions, and achieve a better life for those affiliated with them.