Czech Republic -Health workers organise four-country protest -November 21, 2012

Health workers in the Visegrád countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) have organised joined protests against privatisation and low wages in the health care sector. Czech health care workers, who already achieved a pay rise in March 2011, focused their protests on rising insurance costs, cuts in hospital beds and privatisation, which are feared to lead to job losses and worse service. Unions said that insurance companies have not renewed contracts with a number of hospitals and fear these hospitals might be forced to close down. Government officials have reacted the country has too many hospital beds, as much as twice the number per inhabitant compared to Sweden.

English: http://praguemonitor.com/2012/11/21/health-workers-hold-protest ...  

 

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