Minister Tamara van Ark (Medical Care) wants to “keep fighting” for higher salaries in the health sector, but stresses that the space for this is “tight”. Due to the sharp economic downturn, “decisions about scarcity” need to be made before the cabinet meeting, says Van Ark.
“Appreciating health workers is the most important thing. But this appreciation is of course also financial. “The minister wants to continue to focus on career opportunities for the health workforce and make it easier to take a training course while working in health care.
Van Ark did not want to comment on how the votes went during the Corona debate on Wednesday evening. At the time, too few MPs were present to vote on a motion from Geert Wilders calling for higher wages for health workers. According to the opposition, coalition members “ran away” in front of the chamber, so that not enough were present to vote. A day later, the coalition parties also reacted with self-criticism of their actions.