The collective labor disputes of Latvian Labor and Social Workers' Union (LVSADA) do not claim why the emergency medical services (NMPD) should be abolished in certain regions, explained spokeswoman Sarmīte Skujiņa.
According to her, for this reason, the claim of the NMPD can not be assessed in terms of content, but at the moment the service has prepared and sent a letter to the trade union in which it invited the constructive negotiations. The NMPD awaits the reaction of the trade union, because it is only after it has been decided that the next steps will be taken, said Skujiņa.
She said that the NMPD repeatedly emphasized why changes are needed in a letter to the trade union. The department has also tried, with data and examples, to remove concerns about the risk of timely assistance, which, according to NMPD data, is not a court of law, since data show that care is provided on time, said the NMPD spokesman.
The president of the trade union, Valdis Keris, explained in his turn that he did not agree with the NMPD that the claim had been improperly drafted. In his opinion, it was sent to the NMPD in the manner prescribed by the Dispute Settlement Act.
Kerry said the trade union will review the NMPD letter on Monday 27 August.
In accordance with the Labor Dispute Act, a collective conflict of interest is a disagreement between employees or employee representatives and employers, employers, employers' organizations or associations of such organizations, or administrative bodies that derive from the process of collective bargaining, establishing new employment conditions or employment rules.
The law stipulates that in the event of a collective dispute settlement, the party to the dispute regarding collective interest must submit a written request to the other party stating its claims. The other party to the dispute about collective disputes, who has received the application, will immediately investigate this and will inform the submitter of the reply in writing within three days of receipt of the notification. If the answer to the application is negative or not, the collective dispute of interest will be solved by the conciliation commission.
A mediation committee is set up by the parties to collective dispute resolution, with the consent of an equal number of representatives. In the event of a dispute, the parties will draw up a dispute resolution and submit it to the conciliation committee. The reconciliation committee examines the aforementioned protocol and makes a decision after receiving the protocol. If the collective interests of the parties to the dispute agree, the Settlement Committee can settle a dispute regarding the collective interest and also decide after the expiry of the term referred to in this paragraph.
Conversely, if no agreement is reached in the settlement commission, the dispute over collective interests will be resolved according to the procedure laid down in the collective agreement. In the absence of such a procedure, a collective conflict of interest is resolved through mediation or arbitration.
It has already been reported that LVSADA started a dispute resolution procedure and submitted a dispute to the management of the NMPD to prevent deregulation of the number of 24-hour brigades in the Latgale, Vidzeme and Zemgale regions.
According to vice-president Līga Barin of LVBA, reforms in the management of the NMPD have led to an avalanche effect, which has led to a longer wait for emergency relief, especially in the regions & # 39; s. "It causes permanent conflicts between doctors and patients, but doctors are aware that due to the reduced number of 24-hour brigades, the problem can not be tackled effectively at this time," Barin said.
The management of NMPD, on the other hand, rejects LVSADA's allegations of the negative impact of changes in the organization of the work organization on the waiting time of the assistance, but is prepared to continue constructive discussions with the trade union.
The department previously announced that significant changes in the work organization were expected, including by the end of the year, the number of DMPs twice a day, which led to a drop in the number of 24-hour brigades.
Director of the Liene Cipule service explained that the changes are related to the fact that most or 80% of the calls are made during the day. One day in Latvia, for example, 963 calls are received, with 188 brigades, and 243 calls during the night – a total of 170 brigades. After the change, the number of brigades is doubled, ie up to 36 brigades. At the same time, the total number of brigades operating during the day remained unchanged.
At the same time, the brigade plans to organize according to the call profile. Two types of 24-hour brigades – brigades with two doctors and a driver, as well as a doctor's brigade without a driver, go to the calls with the highest priority. The medium priority calls are provided by day and day brigades, who have two doctors without a driver. In turn, low-priority calls are provided by day-brigades and night-time brigades, where a person can also be trained to take on the assistant doctor's profession to improve his practical skills.