EJD Policies & Statements
On January 1st 2018 the Parliament of Latvia approved the Health Care Financing Law. The ongoing salary increase for medical professionals is at great risk as, despite the Latvian government prioritizing health care politically, this is not reflected in the health budget and will not occur if the new budget of 2020 is approved.
The Latvian Junior Doctors Association (LJDA) and other medical social partners demand the Latvian parliament and Cabinet of Ministers uphold the Health Care Financing Law and honour the increase in the salary of medical professionals. The European Junior Doctors’ Association (EJD) strongly believes that this situation is not acceptable and puts both healthcare financing and the healthcare workforce at risk in Latvia.
EJD supports the demands of LJDA and Latvian medical professionals and their protest actions against the Latvian parliament and Cabinet of Ministers and calls upon the Latvian parliament to obey the Health Care Financing Law that is crucial for a sustainable workforce and healthcare system.
The Lithuanian Junior Doctors Association is greatly concerned about the current situation in Lithuania regarding wellbeing of junior doctors, health care leadership and medical postgraduate training.
The issue of physicians’ wellbeing has been the focus of the European medical community for many years. In the context of recent unfortunate events in Lithuania, the European Junior Doctors Association (EJD) expresses their support for the Lithuanian medical community’s efforts to establish a culture of wellbeing in the healthcare sector.
EJD supports the actions of the Lithuanian Junior Doctors Association to advocate for healthy working environment interventions not only on the individual level, but also on the level of both the employer and the government. These interventions include adequate salaries, regulated workloads, accessible mental health services and professional healthcare management.
EJD supports the Lithuanian call for effective competence-based postgraduate medical education created collaboratively with junior doctors and encourages all stakeholders to take responsibility for the future of Lithuanian healthcare and to remember that in order to take care of patients, it is crucial to first take care of doctors.
Motion of support: Solidarity and support for doctors in communal hospitals in Germany fighting for better working conditions
European Junior Doctors’ Association (EJD) expresses solidarity and support for doctors in communal hospitals in Germany, fighting for better working conditions. After several lengthy negotiation rounds with the employers’ association of the communal hospitals, almost no significant progress has been made.
The Marburger Bund therefore prepared industrial actions. European Junior Doctors’ Association supports Marburger Bund’s demands that are focused on improving working conditions, especially the following demands:
- proper time-recording which cannot be manipulated. Time recording has to start and end at the hospital door;
- at least two free weekends (from Friday 6:00 p.m. to Monday 7:00 a.m.) per month;
- an earlier announcement of rosters (six weeks in advance) and financial compensation for physicians if rosters are changed by the employer at short notice;
- an upper limit for on-call duties on-site (within a calendar week, within a calendar month and within a calendar quarter);
- no regular work after an on-call duty on-site;
- supplementary payment for on-call duties.
The high participation rate of predominately young physicians in the actions impressively demonstrates how vast the dissatisfaction with the current working conditions is.
European Junior Doctors’ Association urges the employers’ association of the communal hospitals to make a reasonable offer. Marburger Bund has EJD’s full support and solidarity in its struggle for better working conditions.
With over 2,000 non-UK EEA nationals currently studying medicine in the UK, we call on European governments and competent authorities to take the necessary measures to facilitate the timely registration of UK qualified doctors/EU citizens seeking to practise in continental Europe in the event of a “No Deal” Brexit. In addition to helping promote professional mobility across Europe, it is quite simply the humane course of action to take; students, be they EEA or UK nationals, who took up places in British medical schools in good faith pre-Brexit do not deserve to be penalised due to the actions of politicians.
Statement on the Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law
EJD supports the principle of free movement and the attendant legislation, such as the mutual recognition of professional qualifications that facilitate junior doctors’ right to work across Europe. Without prejudice to this view, the EJD strongly believes that such professional migration should not result from significant discrepancies between the working conditions – salary, post-graduate training, work load and working hours – in different countries, nor be prohibited by unjust contractual obligations. The European institutions and member states must take the necessary steps to tackle such inequalities, and improve the standards of healthcare provision across Europe.
Statement to welcome the decision to reverse the erasure of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Gaba from the UK medical register
The European Junior Doctors Association (EJD) welcomes the decision to reverse the erasure of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Gaba from the UK medical register. This decision does not diminish the tragic and unexpected death of the patient involved and we continue to send our condolences to his family.
Brussels, January 2018
The European Junior Doctors Association sends support and solidarity to Turkish colleagues and in particular Council members of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) who were arrested on 30th January 2018.
Physicians, like other citizens, have the fundamental right to freedom of speech and to alert Governments and other decision makers of the long-term health consequences
of war. Indeed as physicians our duty is to protect public health, and war is a major public health hazard.
Brussels, October 2017
In the beginning of October, a number of junior doctors in Poland went on a hunger protest over insufficient healthcare funding, insufficient wages and poor working conditions. Over the whole month the situation erupted into a national discussion with all major medical workers unions joining the protest, and demanding an urgent increase of healthcare funding in Poland, which is currently one of the lowest in Europe.
As the European Junior Doctors Association, we cannot be indifferent to healthcare problems anywhere in Europe and we express our strong support over actions taken by Porozumienie Rezydentów OZZL and all the medical workers in Poland.
Brussels, September 2017
The European Junior Doctors Permanent Working Group expresses its concern at the current situation regarding Italian Postgraduate Medical Education.
The long-standing shortage of postgraduate medical training contracts in Italian Medical Universities has created a situation whereby numerous junior doctors cannot find a job, or continue their specialty training.