8 January 2013

Angola: Attorney Calls for Health Workers' Good Sense

Luanda — The Republic attorney for Luanda province, João Luís de Freitas, Tuesday here called on the health professionals to keep good sense and observe ethics and professional deontology in the performance of their duties.

The prosecutor was speaking at a meeting between Luanda Government officials, representatives of the Health Ministry and leaders of nurses' trade unions.

The meeting was meant for a clarification of doubts arising from the interpretation of the Presidential Decree 254/10 of November 17.

The said document approves the nurse's career, while the Decree 54/2003, of August 5, approves the general regulation on the health units of the National Health Service.

According to the official, the health professionals must avoid instigating violence, disorder and disobedience, and should instead promote the wellbeing of the human being and development of the country.

The appeal followed statements that nurses in some hospitals are forced by trade union officials into joining undeclared strikes, thus causing the closure of health services.

At the end of the meeting, the trade unionists pledged to continue working in favour of the wellbeing of the patients. They said the meeting was fruitful as it enabled them to clarify some doubts about the Decree.

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