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    Medical personnel's extended working hours not in line with Constitution - Constitutional Court

    RIGA, May 15 (LETA) - Transitional provisions in the Medical Treatment Law, which stipulate "extended working hours" for medical personnel, are not in line with the Constitution, the Constitutional Court has concluded.

    The Constitutional Court explains that Saeima approved the extended working hours, although medical personnel working overtime in accordance with the disputed legal provision are paid less than the minimum overtime pay stated in the Labor Law.

    The disputed provision could have been justified if Saeima had provided a legitimate purpose for medical personnel's extended working hours - which did not happen and therefore the transitional provisions are against Article 91 of the Constitution, which states: "All human beings in Latvia shall be equal before the law and the courts. Human rights shall be realized without discrimination of any kind."

    The disputed provision in the law will be removed as of January 1 next year. The Constitutional Court's ruling cannot be appealed.

    The Constitutional Court had been reviewing the matter since May 10 last year.

    • Published: 15.05.2018 12:41
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