The Deputy to the National Assembly, Rafael Veloz, released a statement issued by the professionals and technicians of the Broad Front (FAP), who consider the Christmas bonuses received by the country’s healthcare personnel a mockery and an offense.
The text indicates that healthcare workers received Bs. 30, which is equivalent to just over $ 6 (U.S. dollars), in the middle of a pandemic year, where hundreds of workers in the healthcare sector have lost their lives.
Below is the full statement:
The healthcare sector workers who make up the Frente Amplio Profesional (FAP) consider a mockery and even an offense the pyrrhic bonuses that the regime paid to those who work in the country’s public hospital network. “Maduro gives the same value to the effort of those who work daily for the health of the people as the one he gives to the lives of each of the Venezuelans. We mean, nothing!
“In Venezuela, the only ones who will have a happy Christmas will be Maduro and his cronies, who are the true millionaires of the country. Meanwhile, Venezuelan workers, including those in the healthcare sector, with what they were paid, cannot even buy a ‘pan de jamón’ (ham bread, a traditional Christmas staple), which costs at least Bs. 45. Much less to make ‘Hallacas’, ‘Dulce de Lechosa’ and buy gifts for our children. The smallest of the house will be left waiting for the ‘Niño Jesus’ and the ‘premieres’ of new clothes and shoes after December 24th and 31st are over,” they stated.
“They speak awful about the democratic stage of the country, but in those years that they call the Fourth Republic, no matter how humble the family was, at their tables they had everything for Christmas Eve dinner. That is the reality and the people know it. Even the Chavistas themselves know it, the kind that are not ‘enchufados’ (plugged in, well connected), because they lived it, so they cannot deny it. But now they have to wait for the Clap bags (food aid bags), which do not have a gram of protein, or for the few (pork) legs that they give them when Maduro feels like it, and that sometimes arrive rotten. We are not the ones who state this, it is they themselves who have denounced this situation,” the FAP professionals pointed out.
AN ABUSED SECTOR
In its report No. 65 of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Broad Professional Health Front, which also groups together healthcare technicians support the statements offered by the union leader of Hospitals and Clinics, Mauro Zambrano, who denounced last Friday that “the bonuses were a mockery, approximately 27 bolivars, some received 24 bolivars, something far below what was expected, this translates into professional flight, every day we are less in our sector.”
Mr. Zambrano stated that the workers do not have the appropriate implements, so that “there are more than 400 healthcare workers infected this month (November)” and that “in healthcare centers there is a level of hospitalization above 50% affected by COVID-19 cases nationwide.”
“The statement by the union leader of Hospitals and Clinics has to be taken into account, because he also stated that more than 50% of healthcare workers have abandoned their jobs and those that remain is by vocation, and all this is the result of the low salaries, the precarious conditions and risky situation of the hospitals,” pointed out the FAP.
“Mr. Zambrano also indicated what we have said for a long time: Maduro’s regime ignores the claims made by the health sector. “We always seek to talk, we have even sought within our organizations international mechanisms to obtain support in terms of the provision of biosafety implements,” said the union leader in his statements, which we fully endorse.
AFTER THE ELECTION EVENT
FAP-Healthcare professionals also spoke out in relation to the electoral event this Sunday, November 21st.
“We are not surprised by the results, because that was not an election process. Of course, it served the opposition parties to fine-tune their electoral machines and mobilize their activists. Now we have to go to what is really important, which is to focus on the guidelines of the National Salvation Agreement, the proposal of the President in Charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, to achieve free, transparent and verifiable presidential and National Assembly elections as soon as possible. Verifiable that, as we have said repeatedly, translates into the only way to put an end to the tragedy that Venezuelans are experiencing,” they concluded.
HEALTHCARE SECTOR LOST 14 MEMBERS TO COVID-19
The weekly report of the Frente Amplio Profesional on COVID-19 points out, from the weekly period from Nov 15th, to Nov 21st, 2021, the healthcare sector lost 14 more members. This raises the death toll to 982 Covid-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Venezuela, on March 13th, 2020.
All registered deaths were cases that were subject to confirmation of earlier dates.
It should be noted that these weekly reports include all those who make up the healthcare services in Venezuela, such as doctors, nurses, technical professionals, orderlies, ambulance drivers and workers who work in hospitals. Likewise, doctors and nursing workers who die abroad, after having migrated forced by the Venezuelan crisis.