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French healthcare system beset by strikes

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:258
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    Sporadic strikes and demonstrations by doctors and other health staff in France during the past two months peaked last Wednesday with a “no doctor” day, during which hospitals and emergency wards were overwhelmed by calls from patients whose doctors had switched their telephone to an answering service.

    More than 10 000 nurses demonstrated in Paris against low salaries and long hours. Negotiations between medical unions and government and health insurance officials over the weekend led to only partial agreement on minor increments in doctors' fees. More strikes and demonstrations are expected in the …

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