Spain: Health workers demand better conditions, end to cuts

Hundreds of health workers and Madrid residents rallied at Puerta del Sol in the Spanish capital on Monday, demanding an increase in resources and better working conditions for the public health system. Footage shows the health workers gathering in front of the headquarters of the Community of Madrid to demonstrate, carrying posters and wearing masks. The rally called for personnel hired as reinforcements in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic to be hired permanently, weekly 35-hour days and, the halting of budget cuts to the health system. The demonstration was called by the platform 'Necessary Health Workers' [Sanitarios Necesarios], with this being the sixth consecutive week in which they take to the streets. «We are not numbers on charts, let's not fill out pages of newspapers or newsreels. We are people, we have been in a state of panic, we have been terrified, we have left our families behind so that we can look after your families. Many of us have lost family members and loved ones,» said Vicente, a health worker at the rally. According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, Spain has so far recorded 248,970 cases of coronavirus, with 28,346 deaths related to the disease.

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