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Doctors warn of exodus from Czech Republic and Slovakia

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:72
  1. Katka Krosnar
  1. Prague

    Doctors' leaders in the Czech Republic and Slovakia are calling on governments to do more to prevent an exodus of doctors once these countries join the European Union next year.

    Milan Kubek, chairman of the Czech Doctors' Trade Union, said hospital doctors in particular were set to leave in increasingly large numbers, because of the axeing of borders and work restrictions, compounded by increasing frustration at the health system at home.

    “The country already faces a shortage of 550 hospital doctors, and the situation is only set to get worse unless the government acts soon to drastically increase …

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