Hungary -Government continues talks with doctors -December 31, 2011

The government has outlined a scheme to disaffected junior doctors aimed at improving wages across the medical profession, the head of the Hungarian Residents’ Association told reporters. After a meeting lasting over three hours with Miklos Szocska, the state secretary for health affairs, Magor Papp said the government’s offer could lead to a genuine improvement in 2012, but he refused to elaborate on its details. “Nothing has been decided yet, but progress has been made to prevent a human resources disaster,” Papp said. Doctors dissatisfied over low pay and tight health budgets had started their protest demanding that the salaries for doctors should be three times the national average, targeting a monthly net HUF 200,000 (€642) for junior doctors and HUF 300,000 (€964) for specialists.

English: Máté Komiljovics, union correspondent

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