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Senior doctor urged to support distress fund for indebted colleagues

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The senior doctor called on his colleagues to donate a portion of their salaries to hardship funds to help low-paid medical workers who are struggling with debt.

Maurice van den Bosch, chairman of the board of general hospital OLVG in Amsterdam, said an estimated 5% and 10% of people in health care have a debt collection order, which allows creditors to pay directly out of their wages. I said it can be deducted.

Among nursing home staff, the proportion is as high as 15%, Den Bosch told NOSexplained his figures based on consultations with other health care managers.

Den Bosch to help set up a fund to pay off the debts of staff who were struggling to make ends meet before the winter when rising energy prices have already caused extreme financial instability. , is ready to donate €5,000 from his wages.

“With the participation of 1,000 colleagues, we can launch a €5 million fund.” he said in a LinkedIn post“It may only solve part of the puzzle, but it’s a good start. Another solution is that wages need to be raised through collective agreements with unions.”

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The Federation of Health Professionals, a collective body of 23,000 doctors and hospital staff, has already said it is ready to support the fund, and the VvAA, which represents families, company doctors and other health professionals, has also taken the idea. I support you.

Without financial support, low-wage workers are more likely to take sick leave in sectors where high levels of absenteeism are a legacy of the coronavirus pandemic, Van den Bosch said. said.

“Healthcare workers are already under serious pressure due to the coronavirus and now have to deal with this. will,” he said.

Another danger posed by Van den Bosch is that students are more likely to postpone or abandon training, which could lead to future staffing issues. “Students find that they can’t make ends meet during training and quit halfway through. I know cases where this has happened.

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