On the long story of reimbursements to former medical students “an unequivocal signal has come from the Government. Now it is important to continue the battle in the Courts to obtain reimbursements that will be tripled as a result of the European Commission’s stance on the revaluation of monetary interests” . This is the message of Massimo Tortorella, president of Consulcesi, the legal network that for years has been successfully carrying out collective actions in favor of ex-resident doctors.
“The latter, during the training course at the turn of the 80s and 90s – explains a note from Consulcesi – were penalized by the failure and then late application of the EU directives on the matter by the Italian State. But now the times seem to be be ripe for the decisive turning point of the long-standing dispute, as confirmed by a recent important novelty: the Cassation, due to the novelty of the arguments proposed by the doctors and the European Commission, with two distinct interlocutory orders (dated 20 April and 21 March ) has in fact deemed it appropriate to refer the case to the role so that it can be discussed in a public hearing, given the relevance and novelty of the interpretative elements analyzed by the Community institution “.
In recent days, during the Question Time in the Senate, the Minister of Education Maria Cristina Messa in fact declared that she wanted to “remedy the longstanding dispute of ex-resident doctors” and, in response to the question of the senator of Italia Viva, Daniela Sbrollini assured that “the ministry of the University, together with the other competent administrations, will take steps to promote any useful initiative to resolve the issue”. Italy, as minister Messa made clear, intends to avoid the infringement process by the EU, and Senator Daniela Sbrollini, who promoted the question, announced a battle in favor of penalized doctors.
The issue of ex-resident doctors concerns thousands of doctors who did not receive the correct economic treatment for the work done during the years of post-graduate school between 1983 and 2006. The recent news comes from the European Court of Justice, which with a ruling of 3 March also established doctors who enrolled before 82 are entitled to adequate remuneration and compensation. The European Commission has also expressed itself on the matter by establishing that the remuneration must also include revaluation and interest.
“This greatly increases the compensation for damages. Also in this case, it is a thesis that we have been affirming for more than ten years and against which many sentences of the Italian courts of judges had gone. We will continue to support in the courts, and in all other possible locations, this battle for justice against professionals who have spent themselves for our country and we will not stop until we have returned the money that is rightfully due to them “, comments Tortorella.
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