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Doctors in Moscow rally against planned hospital closures

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6623
  1. Vasiliy Vlassov
  1. 1Moscow

Doctors and other healthcare workers took to the streets of Moscow on 2 November to protest against the planned closure of more hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the Russian capital.

The plans to close 28 healthcare facilities—including 15 hospitals—in Moscow, which were leaked and published on the internet, are expected to result in the loss of thousands of healthcare jobs.1

Since 2000 the number of healthcare facilities in Russia has more than halved—from 10 704 facilities in 2000 to 4398 in …

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