The keys to stabilizing toilets

More than 67,000 permanent seats for more than 67,000 health professionals of all levels. It is the promise of the Government that this Tuesday has materialized in a royal decree for the reform of the framework statute for health personnel. The text also includes some novelties: conditions and a three-year limit for interim temporary contractsthe disappearance of the “eventual” and a new form of substitution.

In the absence of knowing many details, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has already outlined what will the processes be like to stabilize employment, when will they be convened those oppositions and what conditions they must comply with the two possible types of temporary contracts. We summarize them below.

When will the oppositions and contests be convened?

The autonomous communities must publish before December 31, 2022 all the calls corresponding to the more than 67,000 places that, according to the Government, have been continuously occupied for more than three years. The stabilization process will be done through a merit contest or a competitive examination, which you can opt for depending on how long you have been interim.

Who can opt for permanent positions through the merit contest?

People who have been working continuously in the National Health System may apply for the merits contest. since before January 1, 2016.

When the autonomies make the call and the scale is established, these health workers will be able to present their merits and prove the time they have been working. At the moment, it is unknown what other issues will score in the contests to access the fixed places.

Who can opt for stabilization through contest-opposition?

People who have worked for three years, before December 31, 2020. Thus, professionals in medicine, nursing, emergencies, auxiliaries, etc., who have been chaining contracts in that period, will be able to apply for permanent positions through a hybrid model of examination and accreditation of merits on which, not However, there are no details yet.

How many types of temporary contracts does the new law contemplate?

The reform of the framework statute for health service personnel now contemplates only two types of temporary contracts: interim and substitute, since the “eventual” posts disappear. In addition, the reasons why the services can have each of them are established.

When can an interim contract be made?

Interim positions may be created if a place has become vacant after some oppositions. That is, when no fixed professional covers that structural job. For example, if a permanent nursing position becomes vacant in a health center, an interim contract can be established there to cover it for a maximum of three years.

Interims may also be appointed to form part of temporary programs (for a maximum of three years) or by the accumulation of tasks (maximum of nine months in total, for 18 months). For example, if a hospital has to implement a special plan to reduce waiting lists for a service, it could hire interims, as long as the management sets a start and end day, and the health service does not cover structural needs.

How long can an interim contract last?

interim contracts They may not be extended for more than three years. If that time elapses and the need that the interim toilet is covering continues to exist, it will be necessary to create a permanent position.

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When can a substitution contract be made?

Replacement contracts are limited to cover other workers who are on vacation, sick leave, have the right to duty exemptions (because they are elderly or sick, for example) or reduced working hours (to take care of their daughter, their father).

The Government justifies this special modality due to the need in Health to provide the service to citizens at all times. In the case of guards, the contract must be up to the replacement of two professionals who are exempt from performing them for specific reasons.

Health competencies belong to the communities, how is it guaranteed?

Darias maintains that the law complies with the Spanish Constitution and has recalled that it is nothing more than the modification of a rule that has been in force since 2003. Indeed, the text makes the health authorities of the autonomous communities responsible for compliance, since the powers in Health are transferred and, therefore, the minister has assured that they will work together to guarantee the stabilization processes. The objective of the entire administration, he has said, is to reduce temporary employment in public employment below 8%, as required by the European Union.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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