Slovakian doctors promise further action to secure affordable healthcare

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 04 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e20
  1. Jane Feinmann
  1. 1London

Slovakian doctors have pledged to continue to take industrial action to defend affordable healthcare in the former Communist country—after claiming victory in the latest battle over pay for healthcare staff and what they have condemned as government attempts to privatise Slovak healthcare.

Just before Christmas, the Slovak parliament voted to halt moves to turn the country’s public hospitals into joint stock companies—as well as approving a staged pay rise for doctors. The turnabout occurred after a mass resignation of 1600 doctors, including seven out of 10 surgeons and anaesthetists, from Slovak hospitals on 1 December—with a further threat on 16 December that they would refuse to return to …

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