STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
BALEARIC doctors are to receive an extra nine million euros in a deal that brought an end to the health strike yesterday.
The 9 million euros is an increase on the last offer by the health service's management to the doctors of 8.2 million euros.
Balearic Minister for Health Vicenç Thomàs, appeared at a press conference yesterday alongside the head of Ib-Salut, Josep Pomar, to announce details of the deal. Thomas said that the new package would allow the Balearics to become one of the regions of Spain with the best allocation of personnel in the health service.

The deal sees an increase of 23 euros in the shift payment of 23 euros for normal working days and 24 euros per hour for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Doctors will also be paid 10 percent more after their sixth shift.
An annual revision of these pay rates will take place over the next two years taking into account pay rates in the six top paying regions in Spain.
The new deal will also offer incentives to doctors working in Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera in recognition of their greater insularity. Renumeration will depend on the amount of time doctors spend working in the islands. Three barometers are envisaged: 0-6 years, 7-12 years and 13 or more years.

In terms of primary care, both management and the unions agreed a deal based on the principal that those who bear the greatest work load will earn more.