The law that establishes the national salary floor for nurses, nursing technicians, nursing assistants and midwives came into force this Friday (5), with publication in the Official Gazette of the Union, but can only be applied, for the time being, in private and philanthropic institutions and municipalities that have budget availability, according to the president of Coren-SP (Regional Nursing Council of São Paulo), James Francisco dos Santos.
State and federal institutions will only be able to pay the new floor after the elections. “The electoral law does not allow adjustments in this period, only after the election, which theoretically will be at the end of the fiscal year. [o piso salarial] should start to take effect only in 2023,” Santos told Sheet.
Pursuant to Constitutional Amendment 124, enacted in mid-July, the Union, the states, the Federal District and the municipalities have until the end of the current financial year to adjust the remuneration and respective career plans of their professionals.
The measure published this Friday creates a monthly floor of R$ 4,750 for nurses. Nursing technicians must receive 70% of this amount, and nursing assistants and midwives, 50%.
The law that institutes the national floors also determines that the wages and salaries currently paid to those who already earn above these floors must be maintained, regardless of the working day for which the worker was hired. And that individual or collective agreements must also respect these minimum values.
Bolsonaro vetoed, however, the section that provided for the automatic annual readjustment of the salary floor for inflation. “We saw the law as a victory for the valorization of the category. The new floor will benefit 90% of nursing professionals across the country. year will not be the same”, said the president of Coren-SP.
Entities ask about funding source
Deputies predict that the change will result in an increase in spending on personnel in the order of R$ 16.31 billion per year, considering public and private health institutions. According to government officials, a measure is not necessary to compensate for the increase in expenses with the creation of the floor for nurses.
National bodies representing health are, however, concerned with the cost of the salary increase. They issued a note in which they say that they consider “damaging for the sector the implementation of the National Nursing Floor without having defined the funding sources to pay this bill”.
The text, signed only by national entities, through the CNSaúde (National Health Confederation), states that it is fair to value professionals, calls for urgency in the definition of these sources and emphasizes that, without this, the maintenance of access to health for the population Brazil is seriously threatened.
In addition to CNSaúde, Abramed (Brazilian Association of Diagnostic Medicine), Abramge (Brazilian Association of Health Plans), ABCVAC (Brazilian Association of Vaccine Clinics), ABCDT (Brazilian Association of Dialysis and Transplantation Centers), Anahp (National Association of Private Hospitals), CNM (National Confederation of Municipalities), CMB (Confederation of Santas Casas and Philanthropic Hospitals), Fenasaúde (National Federation of Supplementary Health) and FBH (Brazilian Federation of Hospitals).
With Brazil Agency