The president of the Nursing College of the Capital District, Ana Rosario Contreras, on behalf of her union categorically rejected the pyrrhic salary increase decreed last Friday by the usurper Nicolás Maduro, assuring that it does not even cover the cost of public transportation to get to work.
“The nurses earn at most 800,000 bolivars, when they spend more than one million bolivars a month on transportation. On the route from Guarenas to Caracas the fare is 15,000 bolivars, multiply that by the average 30 days a month and by the twice daily that a person uses the transport. This increase is a mockery and that’s why the 35 nursing schools that exist in Venezuela are not obliged to continue providing our service.
The union representative clarified that the protests and suspension of activities will be joined by all the unions in the country, not just nursing. “We are working in an articulate manner, because we learned last January 5th, with the historic gesture made by our 100 deputies to the National Assembly, that when we work together all doors open and objectives can be achieved.”
Contreras described the usurper regime’s “impudence” as talking about improvements in health, when in his opinion the hospital service is in crisis. He referred to the cases of the JM de los Ríos and Concepción Palacios Hospitals, where they attend to a vulnerable population such as children and pregnant women in precarious conditions.
“In figures you can talk about a victory, but the reality that patients experience daily when they need medical attention and have to go to a hospital cannot be hidden. The Hospital de Los Magallanes in Catia is called the morgue because of the number of deaths that occur; the Pérez Carreño yesterday had no water and they wanted the nurses to start carrying water bottles to work when that is the responsibility of the hospital; and the pediatric cardiology unit of JM de los Ríos had to close its doors weeks ago. What are the number of children who need an organ transplant to save their lives?
Finally, she recalled that the right to life and health is the responsibility of the State and is not solved with figures, but with facts. “Listening to Maduro ask clinics to assume what is the State’s responsibility is an act of irresponsibility. Every day our children are dying, pregnant women are giving birth outside the hospitals because there are no supplies, not even for disinfection, which puts at risk not only the patients but also the health workers, and that cannot be tolerated any longer.”