Quirónsalud is the Spanish subsidiary of the multinational health group Fresenius. With its headquarters in Madrid, the company’s clinics are largely concentrated in Spain but are also present in Peru, Colombia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Quirónsalud’s workers have organized countless strikes, campaigns, and assemblies over a number of issues, ranging from low wages to a lack of protection during the Covid-19 pandemic to anti-union activities. Early 2022, two unionized workers at Quirónsalud’s facilities in Colombia received death threats after organizing negotiations between the union and the company. A global union-led campaign called on the company to denounce the threats, which it has refused to do up until this point.
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Violation data for Quirónsalud is still being gathered at this time.
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New CorpWatch Guide to Healthcare Privatization in Europe
Paula Reisdorf | CorpWatch | October 24, 2022
CorpWatch is publishing a guide to over a dozen of the worst companies profiting from healthcare privatization in Europe. Workers are being paid less, clinics are being shut, and worse yet: people's health is suffering and death rates are increasing to line the pockets of investors and top managers.
Quirónsalud Profits From Increasing Healthcare Privatization in Spain
Elena Rogozenska & Elisa Emch | CorpWatch | November 18, 2021
In mid-September Juan Carlos López & María del Carmen Florencio took their four-month-old daughter Valentina to Quirónsalud’s hospital in Málaga, Spain, with a fever. Over the next few days, they returned again and again. Each time, the doctors misdiagnosed her.
Quirónsalud se beneficia de la expansión de la sanidad privada en España
Elena Rogozenska & Elisa Emch | CorpWatch | November 18, 2021
A mediados del pasado mes de septiembre, Juan Carlos López y María del Carmen Florencio llevaron a su hija Valentina de cuatro meses al hospital Quirónsalud de Málaga, España, con fiebre. Volvieron una y otra vez a lo largo de los próximos días. Los médicos se equivocaron de diagnóstico cada vez.
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Colombia: SINTRASASS Holds a Sit-in in front of the Quirónsalud/Fresenius Clinic in Bogotá
UNI Global Union | February 15, 2023
The Union of Health and Social Security Workers (SINTRASASS) held a sit-in on February 15 at the QuirónSalud/Fresenius Women's Clinic in Bogotá, after presenting its list of demands and not receiving a sensible and adequate counterproposal at the direct fix phase.
Spain: Another eight days of strike at the Quirónsalud Hospital in Gasteiz
Euskal Sindikatua | October 14, 2022
The negotiation of the agreement of the workers of the Quirón Salud de Gasteiz hospital continues to be blocked.
Spain: Protest against the opening of the Quirón private hospital in Gijón
La Voz de Asturias | July 31, 2022
Defenders of public health have organized a protest for next Monday, August 1, at 11:00 am, in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Gijón in support of public health. The idea of this demonstration is to fill the plaza with white handkerchiefs, as happened last Wednesday in all the Cabueñes Hospital facilities, and to protest against the arrival of the private Quirón Hospital.
Spain: Collective bargaining agreement in the Quirónsalud group in Pontevedra after more than a year of negotiations
La Voz de Galicia | July 10, 2022
The 316 workers of the Quirónsalud group in Pontevedra now have a collective bargaining agreement after more than a year of tough negotiations and mobilizations that included strikes, assemblies and demonstrations.
Spain: Protests by telemarketing and risk prevention workers
Radio Coruña | June 23, 2022
Workers from the Quirón Prevention offices have supported a partial strike from 9 to 11 AM. The convening unions denounce high workloads and lack of financial compensation for the effort made during the pandemic.
Take Action: End the death threats against Colombian union representatives
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) | February 23, 2022
When employees of Quirónsalud, a Fresenius subsidiary in Colombia, organized trade unions and began negotiations, at least 2 of their elected leaders received death threats.
Spain: Staff at QuirónSalud da Coruña continue with the protests to demand decent conditions
Confederación Intersindical Galega (CIG) | November 30, 2021
This Tuesday, workers at QuirónSalud's Santa Teresa Hospital continued protesting to demand an end to salary discrimination, decent working conditions and that the company solve, once and for all, the overload of work suffered by the staff due to understaffing and the great care burden that exists.
Historic Agreement Between Fresenius and the Health Union in Colombia
UNI Global Union | October 29, 2020
After years of struggle, Sintrasass, the Colombian health and social security union, has achieved its first collective agreement with one of the Fresenius clinics in the Andean country. The agreement reached with the Clinica del Prado contemplates new advances in labor matters for its workers.
Fresenius workers moving forward in Colombia
UNI Global Union | July 8, 2020
Workers at Bogotá's Clínica de la Mujer announced today the creation of a new union at the Fresenius-owned Quirónsalud clinic.
Fresenius Healthcare Workers Unionize in Colombia
UNI Global Union | March 11, 2020
Employees of the Clínica Prado in Medellín joined Sintrasass on Tuesday in what many consider a historic breakthrough in a country where union campaigns are often met with resistance from employers. Sintrasass already represents workers at Clínica Las Vegas and Clínica Medellín.
Spain: #StopQuirón: They denounce that the German multinational Quirón Salud profits from healthcare
Poder Popular | October 18, 2019
Around 300 people, from various political, social, activist, university, feminist, environmental and neighborhood fields, have signed the #STOPQUIRÓN Manifesto to denounce the contracting model of Quirón Salud, which belongs to the German multinational private health company Fresenius.
Spain: The Northwest Public Health Neighborhood Platform denounces the mismanagement of the Villalba hospital with a demonstration this Sunday
Pablo 'Pampa' Sainz | El Salto Diario | October 18, 2019
The Northwest Public Health Neighborhood Platform calls for a demonstration this Sunday for what they consider poor management of the General Hospital of Villalba, at the hands of the private company Quirón Salud.
- Fresenius Global Union Alliance
- European Public Service Union (EPSU)
- European Network of Corporate Observatories (ENCO)
- UNI Global Union
- UNI Américas
- Public Services International (PSI)
- Labour Start
- General Confederation of Labor (CGT)
- Northwest Public Health Neighborhood Platform (Noroeste Sanidad)
- Madrid Association of Independant Nursing (AME)
- Assembly Movement of Health Workers (MATS Sanidad)
- Trade Union of Independent Workers and Public Servants (CSIF)
- Trade Union Confederation of Workers' Commissions (CCOO)
- General Union of Workers (UGT)
- Regional Federation of Neighborhood Associations of Madrid (FRAVM)
- Galician Inter-Union Confederation (CIG)
- Association for the Right to Health (OSALDE)
- National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) - Canada
- Union of Employees of the Ricardo Palma Clinic Administrator - Peru
Spain: A worker sues Quirón for putting her health at risk
Sara Plaza Casares | El Salto | September 20, 2022
"We have made requirements to adapt her job and Quirón has never paid attention," says the lawyer and adds that the company did not carry out medical examinations when the worker returned from her sick leave.Waiting lists are also lengthening in private health in Madrid: "I do not pay insurance for this"
Spain: Murcia hospitals illegally charging for telephone enquiries
Murcia Today | March 31, 2022
Hospital Quirónsalud Murcia, Clínica Juan Carlos I, Hospital HLA La Vega and Hospital Mesa del Castillo have all come under fire, and a complaint has been lodged with the Directorate General for Consumer Affairs and Crafts of the Region of Murcia and with the Directorate General for Consumer Affairs.
Spain: The family of the four-month-old baby who died in a Malaga hospital asks for justice for Valentina
Chus del Pino | La Vanguardia | September 28, 2021
The family of the baby who died on September 24 in Malaga has filed a complaint over an alleged crime of homicide due to serious medical negligence both against the doctors of the Quirón Salud Hospital in the city and the health workers who treated the four-month-old girl in the Maternal and Child Hospital.
Spain: The government's Labor Inspectorate sanctions Quirón for "violating the health protection" of its workers in a privatized hospital
Mats | November 26, 2018
The Labor Inspectorate has opened two acts of infraction against Quirón Salud for failing to comply with labor and health regulations at the Villalba public hospital...
Span: Quirón Salud loses a 40 million-euro lawsuit against the Madrid Health Service
Mats | June 5, 2018
The private group, which maintains a contract with the Madrid Health Service, wanted it to pay separately: the tests prescribed by the Primary Care doctors, the outpatient dispensing of medicines for hospital use and the care of patients in nursing homes corresponding to the area of the Hospital Infanta Elena de Valdemoro.
Spain: After the complaint by AME and MATS, the Villalba City Council will force the Quirón Group to pay for the sidewalk
Mats | December 12, 2018
On November 13, the online news portal Aqui en la Sierra announced that the Governing Board of the Collado Villalba City Council, when it met two days later, was going to force the QuirónSalud group to take over the bill for the construction of the sidewalk...
Spain: The Quirón Salud monopoly destroyed the Clínica Extremeña de Salud, according to investors
Extremadura 7 Dias | February 7, 2023
“The pressure, the coercion and the extortion Quirón practiced on the health industry not only affected the freedom of the insurers to make plans with the hospital they wanted, but also extended to the doctors, even telling them that if they worked for CES they would not return to work in Clideba”, the investor group said.
Spain: Private interests that threaten public health are behind the dismissals and resignations in Osakidetza
Ahoztar Zelaieta | El Salto | December 6, 2022
Who is behind this problem? The private healthcare sector in Gipuzkoa is led by Fresenius, owner of the Gipuzkoa Polyclinic and the Quirónsalud Donostia Hospital . The Quirón Salud company, one of the largest in health privatization, was bought in 2016 by the German group Fresenius...
Fresenius Clinic in Colombia Fires Union Leader Who Made Complaint about Health Protocols
UNI Global Union | April 13, 2021
Neida Agudelo, a worker and trade union leader at the Fresenius-owned Clínica del Prado in Medellín, has been fired a week after filing a complaint about the clinic to the Ministry of Health relating to alleged non-compliance with vaccination protocols against Covid-19.
Colombia: Threats at Clínica Medellin - Quironsalud / Fresenius
UNI Global Union | February 5, 2021
"Settle the conflict now, because we know you have a family" – this was the message received by Claudia Irene López Hernández, president of SINTRACLÍNICA, the union of workers at the Medellín Clinic, on 1 February.
Peru: Lack of Biosecurity Measures at Ricardo Palma Clinic-Fresenius
UNI Global Union | April 17, 2020
The workers have been exposed to the risk of coronavirus infections because of poor infrastructure, insufficient staffing, direct contact with bodily fluids due to lack of proper equipment, and having to wear disposable diapers so the clinic does not incur “more expenses” when using disposable protective gear.
Care Workers in Colombia Feel Ignored by German Multinational Fresenius
UNI Global Union | April 14, 2020
Clinic staff continue to be exposed to working conditions that do not comply with the established regulations and the Ministry’s protocols, as they continue to take their uniforms home to wash, putting themselves and their families at risk.
Spain: From exemplary employee to the street in a week
Isabel Valdes | El País | December 6, 2019
Ainara M. went from being one of the most versatile profiles at the Villalba hospital in Madrid to being dismissed in less than a week. The public clinic, managed by Quirónsalud, alleges “indiligence”, Ainara reads in her dismissal letter.
Spain: The Madrid Health Service is allowing Quirón to monopolize the assisted reproduction business
Teresa Rubio | Cadena SER | July 5, 2018
The Rey Juan Carlos de Móstoles, Infanta Elena de Valdemoro and Villalba Hospitals, all managed by the Quirón Salud group, are some of the most sought after for Assisted Reproduction procedures despite the fact that, according to the report of the Madrid Health Service, they do not have this specialty in their portfolio of services and, therefore, cannot offer it.
Spain: Unions criticize the eleven dismissals at Quirónsalud
Las Provincias | April 14, 2016
The workers' representatives reiterate their rejection, understanding that the center's argument of having an oversized workforce does not fit reality.
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