One day after the Senate Budget committee approved that the program of Teaching Assistance Units (UDAS) be “managed and administered in its entirety by the Administration of State Health Services (AXIS) ”, Not including the School of Medicine (FMED), the ASSE authorities reached a “pre-agreement” with hierarchies of Medicine with the aim of getting the parliamentarians to modify their vote in favor of the single governance of the health provider.
The director of ASSE, Leonardo Cipriani, accompanied by the general manager of ASSE, Eduardo Henderson, participated in a meeting at the Faculty of Medicine with the authorities of the institution where there was a “friendly attitude in search of an agreement” between the parties, according to El País.
As a result, the Medicine representatives drew up a memorandum that was sent to the ASSE authorities. This will be “subject to review” by the central administration, which will then be in charge of presenting it to the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) to determine if the agreed budget is assigned to the UDAS.
The document accessed by El País establishes modifications regarding the governance of the program, the technical-administrative management and the financial aspects involved. In this sense, it is proposed that the UDAS be in charge of five members, of which two would respond to the FMED and two to ASSE, agreeing the designation of a fifth between the two parties.
In addition, the pre-agreement makes clear the need to annually adjust the salary of participating officials. “ASSE authorities undertake to request the corresponding increase from the Ministry of Economy and Finance on an annual basis,” according to the memorandum drawn up yesterday.
After the meeting, the authorities of the Faculty of Medicine gave a press conference in which the rector of the University of the Republic also participated, Rodrigo Arim, and the president of the Uruguayan Medical Union (SMU), Zaida Arteta. There, Arim stressed that the UDAS “are an important component of the training, research and health care of Uruguayans” and that is why “preserving their operation with the participation of the FMED is absolutely strategic and necessary for the country.”
“It is not a good sign to have these spasmodic changes,” said Arim in reference to the vote of the pro-government senators in the budget commission. “Let’s hope that the news that emerged in the last hours will take shape and that we will at least manage to channel these dramatic circumstances for the faculty,” said the rector.
As El País learned, the Council of Medicine addressed the issue this Wednesday after the vote of the senators and there it was proposed to move forward with a more drastic measure, which was to denounce the agreement – that is, that one of the parties, in this case Medicine , it would make it fall-, which would imply that the attendance of the teachers would only last for a month and, later, those places would be empty, according to El País. In the end, it was decided not to take that step yet to leave a margin of negotiation.
Months before the vote, a technical team made up of three delegates from ASSE and three from Medicine worked on the problematic aspects of the program, and after several mutual concessions regarding funding and governance, an agreement was reached and handed over to management. ASSE general.
However, that agreement was not contemplated in the proposal of the government coalition in the Budget committee, which came out by 10 votes in 18.