RIGA, Feb 16 (LETA) - Health Minister Anda Caksa believes that one of the solutions to increase salaries for the Riga Maternity Hospital personnel is to revise birth costs.
Following a meeting with the Riga Maternity Hospital's management, personnel and Riga City Council representatives today, Caksa told reporters that wages in healthcare were obviously too low, and she would be working to find an additional EUR 150 million for increasing healthcare workers' wages in 2018.
Caksa believes that the current situation at the Riga Maternity Hospital may be due to poor communication between the hospital and the Riga City Council, the owner of the hospital, taking into consideration that the problem of inadequate wages at the hospital has been neglected for a very long time.
Another meeting will be held next week as there are many administrative issues that need to be discussed, said Caksa. One of these is how the hospital's revenue is distributed, as part of the revenue could be used to increase hospital employees' salaries, maybe at the expense of the administrative apparatus, said Caksa.
She added though that this would have to be further discussed with the Riga City Council, as the Health Ministry has no say on how financing is distributed at municipal institutions, including in hospitals. Caksa went on to say she could not promise at the moment that the state could allot additional funding, but she was planning to discuss the current situation with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers).
Caksa said that revising salaries at the Maternity Hospital should be reviewed together with organizational changes at the hospital in order to achieve more efficient utilization of what resources are available to the hospital.
As reported, Riga Maternity Hospital staff are demanding higher wages and will cut their shifts, including on weekends and holidays, or even leave jobs if their demands are not met.