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    Police medics worked part-time for full-time salary

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    For over ten years, 25 federal police medical officers were paid a full-time salary while only working part-time.

    This was revealed at a recent meeting between unions and the Commissioner-General, Het Nieuwsblad and Gazet van Antwerpen announced in today’s edition. 

    These doctors diagnosed, performed check-ups and provided medical assistance for special units’ operations. 

    Unable to pay large salaries, the federal police negotiated with the medics and authorizedthem to work fewer hours for a full-time salary. 

    “The Police paid a young doctor 3,000 euros for only 27 hours work per week. He could then complete his schedule elsewhere and make 4,000 euros… which amounts to a normal salary for a doctor,” one of the practitioners told the press. 

    This practice was revealed in February at a meeting between unions and the Commissioner-General, who decided to put an end to it. “There is a shortage of police medical officers. But since they will soon have to work again 38 hours a week, the problem will be partly solved,” VSOA’s (Free Trade Union of Public Employees ) Vincent Houssin said.

    The Brussels Times