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Quebec nurses enter third week of strike

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:144
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    A nurses' strike in the province of Quebec has found strong public support despite resulting in the cancellation of 16000 operations and thousands of medical appointments. Some doctors have joined the picket lines with the nurses, who have continued to provide emergency cover and essential services.

    A huge majority of the province's 47000 nurses voted last weekend for a break of 48 hours in the strike, which has been going since 26 June, after the premier, Lucien Bouchard, agreed to resume bargaining. They went back to work temporarily on Tuesday but have vowed …

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