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Czech doctors win wage increases after three year campaign

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1371 (Published 01 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1371
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

Hospital doctors in the Czech Republic have agreed to a wage settlement after a long and bitter battle in which nearly a quarter of the country’s 16 000 doctors threatened to quit and leave the country unless they received pay rises.

The settlement was approved by the government on 23 February, after which doctors who had tendered resignations which were due to be effective from 1 March withdrew them. Under the settlement doctors’ pay will rise by around a third in March, according to Claude Wetzel, president of the European Federation of Salaried Doctors, which has supported the Czech doctors.

The pay increase will work …

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