HEALTH WORKERS in the Valencian Community will get a pre-Christmas salary rise in recognition of their efforts during the pandemic.

The regional president, Ximo Puig, said: “Commitment cannot just be recognised through money but this is a gesture to show how much the efforts of health staff have been appreciated”.

He also announced that extra workers hired to boost resources in the early stages of the coronavirus crisis will get six month extensions to their contracts.

In his ‘State of the Community’ speech today(September 21) at the Valencian Parliament(Les Corts), Puig stated that health centre hours would be extended during afternoons.

Staff would volunteer for the longer shifts and be compensated by overtime payments.

The president listed 35 measures that his government plans to implement over the next year.

That includes the creation of the Valencian Emergency Unit(UVE) to deal with health emergencies, flooding, and forest fires.

Puig said that 1,000 specialists will be attached to the UVE

He also announced that a new train line would link Alicante City to the San Juan Hospital, and there would be a complete upgrade of the line between Denia and Benidorm to be finished by 2023.

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