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Doctors in Rome stage protest in defence of Italy’s health service

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: (Published 20 December 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o3036
  1. Marta Paterlini
  1. Stockholm

Unions representing Italian doctors and health managers staged a protest in Rome last week which was organised in defence of the country’s national health service.

The demonstration on Thursday 15 December focused on problems affecting many health professions, including long working hours, lack of staff, suffocating bureaucracy, poor social and economic recognition, and assaults and accidents at work.

Doctors that took part said the public health service is not being given enough priority by the state despite the critical problems that have worsened since the pandemic.

“For politicians, doctors are invisible,” said Filippo Anelli, …

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