The introduction of new anti-epidemic measures for employees in medical and social care institutions at the beginning of October has elicited debates in a part of the public, prompting some of the unions representing health sector employees to stage a public protest, said the minister.
“The protest to be held today by the Nurses Union… is a legitimate and democratic way to express one’s positions and demands regarding certain outstanding issues and I support it as such,” Beroš said in a statement when asked by the media to comment on the protest to be held in downtown Zagreb.
He added that what he did not have understanding for was the purposeful manipulation of facts regarding the announced introduction of new epidemiological rules in medical institutions, notably those that treat patients, who are the most vulnerable group in terms of possible infection with coronavirus and its consequences.
“As Health Minister, it is my obligation to take all necessary measures to prevent the infection from entering and spreading in the health sector, notably hospitals,” he said.
COVID-19 certificates will be required for employees in the health and social care systems as of 1 October.
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