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German doctors march in protest at health cuts

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:196
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    More than 20 000 doctors in Germany shut their practices last week and marched through Berlin to demand changes in the healthcare system, better pay, and less bureaucracy. And they said that strikes and protests would continue until politicians took action.

    Only weeks ago hospital services were reduced to emergency services alone as thousands of young doctors went on strike with similar demands. Last week's demonstration was part of a protest by the 100 000 GPs and specialists who run their own practices.

    “The German health system needs an increase in budget of about €7bn [£4.8bn;$8.6bn] just for outpatient and GP care,” said the president of the German Medical Association …

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