Latvia -Care workers rally for higher quality -October 21, 2015

The Council of Latvia's Trade Union of Health and Social Care Workers has decided to hold a protest at the Saeima (parliament) building and launch preparations for a strike. The main reason for the protest is the further reductions in the health budget planned by the government. According to the trade union, the government has set the healthcare budget at 3% of gross domestic product in 2016, or less than 3.1% this year. This is contrary to the World Health Organization and European Commission's recommendations to improve access to healthcare and quality of healthcare. The trade union has three demands: higher healthcare quotas, reducing patients' co-payments, and increasing average wages for healthcare workers.


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