The health sector plans to reduce the number of professionals hired in 2024, at a time when the National Health System (SNS) is struggling with a crisis, characterized by successive stoppages of activities. The strikes by health professionals, through the Medical Association of Mozambique (AMM) and the Association of United and Solidarity Health Professionals of Mozambique (APSUSM), arose in contestation of the Single Salary Table (TSU) in the public administration.

As part of its implementation, the TSU caused discontent among the medical profession and other health professionals due to salary reductions associated with irregularities in the framework.

Strikes intensified and health professionals demanded better working conditions, as well as the availability of medicines and other supplies for the humane treatment of patients.

Despite this scenario, as well as the lack of qualified human resources to provide health services in the Health Units, the government is going to hire fewer professionals next year.

According to the Economic and Social Plan and State Budget (PESOE) 2024, the government will hire only 1,294 professionals to the health sector, of which 25 national doctors, 325 medium technicians, 764 servants, 140 servants and 40 ambulance drivers, in order to reinforce public hospitals, especially in order to reduce maternal, neonatal and infant mortality in hospitals.

This corresponds to a three-fold reduction when compared to the planned recruitment for 2023, and around a five-fold reduction compared to 2022.

The Citizen Observatory for Health (OCS) believes that this reduction will contribute negatively to the doctor/inhabitant and nurse/inhabitant ratios, which will worsen the chaos in the sector, considering the population growth rate of 2.5%.

In this context, the OCS recommends that the government to maintain consistency in its planning and allocation of resources with the goals and commitments made by the country, specifically the Abuja Declaration, in order to respond effectively and efficiently to health policies that guarantee the provision of quality care and services to all citizens, as well as ensuring the strengthening of primary health care.

These and other findings can be found in the OCS’s analysis of the proposed Economic and Social Plan and State Budget for 2024.

The document was presented last Saturday (November 18) to the Planning and Budget Committees, as well as the Social Affairs, Gender, Technology and Social Communication Committees, as part of the PESOE 2024 Socialization Workshop – with a focus on social sectors.

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