All medical staff of the several hospitals and care units in the country must regulate their working hours to 8 hours per day, 40 hours a week.
The president of the Ecuadorian Doctors Federation, Alberto Narvaez, reported today that he will attend the International Labour Organization (ILO) because he believes the new rules are a labor abuse against doctors.
Narvaez said, “After six hours of direct care, physicians are less able to discern; care and medical errors are raised and that’s not going to be our responsibility, but the government’s,” he said.
The implementation from a 4-hour Labor Day to an 8-hour one was met by 70% of health personnel and today covers 100% on a national scale. (MZ)