After sending the bill (PL) 2564/2022, which sets the salary floor for nursing, for presidential sanction last Friday (15/7), Palácio do Planalto still does not know what it will do with the matter. The government is faced with a dilemma. The veto of the proposal at this moment, on the eve of the election, could become a new element of wear and tear. The approval of the matter, in turn, has the potential to trigger legal disputes.
One of the biggest obstacles to the approval of the new nursing floor is the funding sources. Deputies who defend the approval cite alternatives, but none of them is decided. Discussions about the funds to cover the new salaries began in April, and among the possibilities are Gambling (PL 442/91), the exemption from payroll (PLP 205/21), the end of the contribution to the S System ( PL 474/22) and the increase in mining royalties (PL 840/22).
Despite the lack of definition regarding funding, deputy Carmen Zanotto (PPS/SC) is confident. “The text was sent with this commitment, that we have to guarantee the sources of financing. We now need the work of both houses, the Chamber and the Senate, together with the government”, said the parliamentarian.
Zanotto admits some proposals, even if implemented, will not generate resources immediately, as is the case with gambling. “In a first emergency stage, we can work with the issue of special funds, for example, as we have texts already prepared for this. What can't is nursing to suffer a veto disappointment after a long work, from a history of struggle for a slightly more dignified salary, a battle that lasts for more than 30 years”, she stressed.
Deputy Adriana Ventura (Novo/SP), who is against the project, also believes that the nursing floor must be approved by Palácio do Planalto.
Entities in the sector advocate meetings with the government and with parliamentarians to discuss the matter. The Planalto has not yet defined possible events but also does not rule out this idea.
For Zanotto, the discussions can contribute to the good progress of the project. “We understand the side of medical entities. But the veto would be very harmful to these professionals,” she said.
The Brazilian Association of Health Plans (Abramge) said in a note that the floor if sanctioned, will have serious consequences for both the public and private sectors. The entity defends the definition of funding sources and considers as one of the alternatives the approval of the PL that deals with the exemption of the payroll of hospitals, clinics, and laboratories.