Czech doctors threatened with prosecution

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 18 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1319

The Czech government has threatened to prosecute doctors employed in the public sector if their campaign of disruptive action in support of a wage claim results in breaches of patient confidentiality. A boycott of administrative duties by doctors has meant that the clinical details of some patients have been handled by staff at the health ministry.

The warning from Ales Dvoulety, deputy health minister, was the government's strongest reaction yet to a dispute that began on 1 November when the Doctor's Professional Club, the union that represents the country's 16000 doctors in the public sector, organised a one day national strike.

The union claims that 80% of its members joined the stoppage, …

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