To resolve wage matter, doctors to be allowed to work extended hours for three years

Latvian Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee plans to increase the number of extended work hours doctors are allowed to work, according to the committee’s vote on the period until which doctors are to be allowed to work more hours than permitted by the Labour Law.

As Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša said at the meeting of the committee, Healthcare Ministry’s offer provides for allowing doctors work 16 extended hours a week, which is twice as many hours as provided by the Labour Law.

On Monday, 3 December, members of the parliament did not vote in regards to conceptual support of the proposal. Instead members of the committee decided to discuss the period until which medical personnel will be allowed to work extended work hours, as well as clarify the proposal.

During discussions regarding the final term, Saeima committee unanimously voiced support for a three-year period.

Andris Skride, head of Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee, says deputies plan to decide on amendments and other related legislative drafts on Wednesday, 5 December.

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