A total of 305 doctors practicing in hospitals in northern Morocco have announced their resignation in a joint letter sent to the ministry to protest against their working conditions, was learned Friday from concordant sources.
Grouped under the banner of the independent union of doctors of the public sector in Morocco, these doctors justify their decision by the “catastrophic situation” of the hospital sector. According to a letter sent Thursday by their union to the regional director of the Ministry of Health and relayed Friday by Moroccan media, the latter does not respond to “the expectations of citizens or their right to care”.
“We have received the request for collective resignation that is part of a process of claim,” confirmed Friday Dr. Afifi Ikram, Director of Health in the region of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima. But “this resignation remains legally unfounded because each doctor must submit his resignation unilaterally” to be so, he qualified. The resigning doctors, who demand a salary argument while deploring their working conditions degraded by the lack of human resources, “continue to work,” said Dr. Afifi Ikram. They expect “a return from the ministry” that is “engaged in the process with a follow-up commission to find concerted solutions”.
Last year, more than 200 doctors from the public sector had already announced their resignation for the same reasons, while the Moroccan health system remains marked by a “staff deficit” and “deep geographic and socio-economic inequalities”, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).