Ministry lowers health professionals’ internship payment, students protest

Early this April, a document was leaked to all the medicinal schools around the country. The document, signed by the Minister of Health, Veronica Espinosa, and the Minister of Work, Andres Madero, established a reduction of the ‘stipends’ for the health professional interns. The inter-ministerial agreement was put into place on April 26th. It represents a reduction of about 40% of the stipend; affecting all medical, nursing and nutrition interns. Once the medical schools around the country got hold of this news, they organized to protest in Guayaquil, Quito and Cuenca. “It’s going to be a very low stipend; we…

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