Hospital Durand workers denounce more than 60 layoffs of nurses
The head of the Association of Hospital Workers of the City of Buenos Aires, Héctor Ortiz, denounced the “mass dismissal” of more than 65 health workers in different care centers in Buenos Aires.
“Right now we are cutting off Diaz Velez (avenue), the protest is very crowded and we are going to continue our claims for the dismissed comrades and if necessary we are going to increase our plan of struggle,” Ortiz said in dialogue with Télam.
The union leader and general delegate of the Durand Hospital employees grouped in ATE assured that the workers “They are outraged with what is happening” in the public health sector of the City of Buenos Aires.
We live a nightmare. Nothing hurts or moves the head of the Buenos Aires government (Horacio Rodríguez Larreta). Now they went for more than 65 health workers and they have been fired as the worst. It was these workers who gave their lives in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.
The union leader evaluated that the Buenos Aires Executive carries out “A policy of punishment for health workers, nurses and nurses”.
From ATE Salud we mobilize the #HospitalDurand on Tuesday 6/14 at 11 a.m., to demand that the Ministry of Health of @FernanQuirosBA reinstatement #URGENT of the 65 nurses.@horaciorlarreta Enough of #LAYOFFS in health.
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— City Hospitals Association (@AteGcba) June 13, 2022
Ortiz warned that the sector is experiencing a “distressing situation” at the Durand Hospital and other hospitals in Buenos Aires, “since this week we find a list of layoffs of 65 colleagues.”
The state trade unionist clarified that these types of situations “are happening throughout the city” of Buenos Aires with health personnel who “have really given everything and have even given their lives. What happens is that there is a lot of fear of denouncing too” .
“That the government in the City in charge of (Horacio) Rodríguez Larreta and the Ministry of Health in charge of (Fernán) Quirós leave them in the street without caring about anything, without worrying that they are pregnant or sick, it really is a distressing situation for all the Buenos Aires nursing family”, she lamented.
Ortiz also asked the authorities of the Government of the city of Buenos Aires to “urgently reconsider” their decision and stressed the need to have nurses “in all our hospitals.”
For these reasons, workers from the health areas and the Association of State Workers (ATE) developed a new day of protest, with a concentration and court in front of the headquarters of the Durand Hospital, located on Avenida Díaz Vélez 5044, in the Caballito neighborhood.