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Italian doctors strike over threat to break up state health service

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7446.976 (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:976
  1. Fabio Turone
  1. Milan

    An estimated 90% of GPs working in Italy's national health service took part in a one day strike on 16 April to protest about the government's proposed devolution of the service.

    But doctors say that devolving power to the regions would result in 21 small and under-financed regional health services, which would widen inequalities and compromise overallefficiency.

    “Better to go a few days without your GP now than risk spending the rest of your life without one” was the slogan coined by Dr Mario Falconi, secretary of …

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