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Hyrbarnmorskor get 95.000 sek in monthly salary in Västernorrland

The generous offer from the Region of Västernorrland has caused strong reactions among the permanent staff on the hospital postpartum, and women's clinics during the.

"It is incredibly frustrating to offer such large sums of money to stafetterna at the same time as they say that there is no money to raise our salaries," says Therese Burlin member of the board of the Swedish association of health professionals Västernorrland.

the Lack of trained personnel in the care sector will be extra noticeable during the semestermånaderna in the summer, especially when it comes to fill the leave for nurses and midwives. In order to solve the problem employers are trying to attract, including higher remuneration to the employees during the summer or by hiring personnel through temporary employment agencies.

– It is not like in other businesses which can reduce their staff for the summer, but we have a business that is running around the clock and have rather the season during the summer, " says Marju Dahmoun, länsverksamhetschef Kvinnosjukvården Västernorrland.

the Region of Västernorrland has long been grappling with economic problems which, among other things, has made to BB Sollefteå was closed two years ago. Prospective parents were told instead to go to the Örnsköldsvik hospital and Sundsvall hospital.

– the County council's economy is not good. This is why we need to get away from stafettberoende and we are constantly working on the working conditions, " says Marju Dahmoun.

12 vacant barnmorsketjänster be filled at the same time as recruitment for the summer is underway.

Despite the challenging economic situation, decided the county council to raise the level of remuneration additional to the contracted midwives in the year. According to Marju Dahmoun was the reason that the agencies demanded more pay. Hyrbarnmorskor offered an hourly wage of sek 550 daytime and OB-compensation, which is equivalent to a monthly salary of 95.000 sek. In addition to the free accommodation and free travel to and from work.

" What I understand so it was difficult to get the staff to our usual prices and when you asked why you got the answer to other county paid better. There is a shortage of midwives everywhere and stafetterna is always well-paid.

Marju Dahmoun is aware that the salary has attracted criticism of the permanent staff who feel unfairly treated. But she believes that they are not disadvantaged and that the Nation's use of stafettpersonal to a small extent.

"They will not solve our problems with the breaks, it makes our own staff offered to work extra during the summer with compensation that is in parity with the stafetterna get," she says.

at the same time hope Marju Dahmoun to the region's bets in the supply of skills and a better working environment within maternity care will facilitate the recruitment of midwives. A large part of the money from the government's so-called förlossningsmiljard have Västernorrland bet on paid midwife.

the midwives in the Nation among the lowest paid in the country and the trade union, has for several years pushed to raise wages. The starting salary is of 32,500 dollars a month, while a midwife with 10-15 years of experience have around 35.000 dollars a month, says Therese Burlin.

– the Difference between a recent graduate and a permanent member of staff with long experience is too small, " she says.

Right now, there is wage bargaining between health professionals and the Swedish association of local authorities and regions (SALAR). Tray want to see a general increase of 10.00 dollars a month for all of their experienced members within the health care system. Even midwives, who are not connected have submitted letters to the county council with wage demands.

" We have pushed to the members shall be lönesatta after the skills they have. While entry-level salaries are going up all the time but for those who worked a long time, it must also be noticed in the wallet, " says Therese Burlin.

the County council's offer to provide permanent bonuses to work extra in the summer do not think the tray is the right way to go to solve the manpower shortage.

" We in the Swedish association of health professionals do not feel that the midwives are going to sell their holiday. You need to rest, " says Therese Burlin.

– It is a temporary solution for the county council in order that they do not think that they have a few options. But if they give the salary that midwives deserve, then you want to work. I think that there are trained midwives, who do not want to work with the profession for the salary is too low and that they do not get any kredd for their proficiency, " says Therese Burlin.

investing in education is something that Therese Burlin as well as the county council believe will pay dividends in the long term. She is herself one of the nurses who go the 1.5-year training as a midwife without loss of pay, which is paid for by the förlossningsmiljarden. For the summer, she takes her diploma and has started to look for a job. But it will not be through an employment agency.

" No. I believe in being a permanent member of staff in a team and develop health care, " says Therese Burlin.

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