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Doctors at church operated hospitals in Germany demand better pay and conditions

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1228
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    Tensions between church operated hospitals and the nation’s largest medical trade union are growing in Germany after the Catholic church failed last week to agree a new contract with its 480 000 health and social workers.

    Germany’s largest medical trade union, the Marburger Bund, wants better pay and working conditions for doctors in Catholic and Evangelical hospitals, demanding that church hospitals adopt a wage agreement already approved last year by university and public hospitals.

    About 300 doctors demonstrated earlier this month in Bad Honnef, the town where contract negotiations were being held in the labour rights commission of Caritas, the Catholic church’s organisation that oversees 500 of Germany’s 2100 hospitals. …

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