The Nurse With 100,000 Signatures Against Forced Transfers To Zendal: 23 Days Without Rest And a Torn Meniscus

100,000 signatures and that at the close of this edition. Because the number keeps going up. Inmaculada Pardo, a nurse at the Puerta de Hierro hospital, began her campaign when she learned that the telephone order she received on March 8 summoning her – on pain of not going back to work in the Madrid public health system for a year – to go up to date Following the new Isabel Zendal Hospital, that center without operating rooms and without sufficient personnel, came from above, from the Ministry of Health, and was generalized. After spending 2020 dedicated body and soul to fighting COVID, first in Barcelona, ​​since autumn in Madrid, Pardo said enough: “When I saw how people who quit were treated, I was outraged.”

As is customary for Spanish public health professionals, the 29-year-old nurse Pardo took her first work steps chaining one-day contracts, after graduating in 2015 from the University of Salamanca. The first summer was passed from town to town, at the rate of a contract for the day. “Absolute precariousness”, he remembers today. Then he made another common decision in the guild, to go to the big city. In Barcelona she worked for the public and private sectors, making home visits in her own car, as a “covert self-employed.”

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His circumstances were improving little by little and when the coronavirus admissions exploded, he had already been in the Viladecans hospital for two years. During the time of greatest pressure, he went to work 23 days in a row. Then alternate 12-hour days. “Nobody complained, we made the grade,” he says now. In September he moved to Madrid, at a time when health workers were fleeing the community due to work overload and stress. The need for personnel was dire. “I went to sign up for the Puerta de Hierro hospital list and the next day I was working; my request was not even registered electronically,” he says.

It cannot be said, therefore, that Inma Pardo, with two master’s degrees on her file, is not willing to give the callus, but everything has a limit. Knowing the shortcomings of the new Isabel Zendal pandemic hospital, which does not have operating rooms and is looking for doctors even among resident doctors, when on January 8 she was called so that the next day she would appear not at her hospital, but at the new center, she planted. He has been undergoing meniscus surgery for a year and he did not do it before precisely to be available during the worst of the pandemic, so he has made an appointment and will go under the knife. In between, after being confirmed in writing, according to El País

, the guideline not to rehire health workers who refuse to go to Zendal, began a collection of signatures through the change.org platform to request an end to forced transfers. In less than five days he gathered more than 95,000 supporters, which he presented on Thursday at the Ministry of Health. This Friday at the last minute it exceeded 100,000.

“It is a totally irregular penalty,” criticizes Pardo, who recalls that limitations can only be applied if you are called from the centers in whose work lists you are listed, and that in any case they are temporary. Go to the end of the list, if there are no merits, or lose them for a year, but never be banned from working in the public system.

The nurse hopes she will not be retaliated, now that she has stood up. “I am not supported by any union or political party. I trust, even if it is rare, that this is a democratic country and I can express my opinion and say that my rights as a worker are being violated,” she says, but warns: “If this means that I am not going to find work in the public system of Madrid, I would go to court. It would be much more serious than now, which is already serious, “advances this utility, which understands that the criteria of private business cannot operate here, then” It is not a company that can say that its image is damaged; we are talking about the public system “.

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