Latvia -Health care workers rally -March 17, 2015

The rally will be organised to protest insufficient funding, which this year is at just 3 percent of gross domestic product.

The Council of the Trade Union of Health and Social Care Employees will organise a protest in Riga on 20 April when the city will host an informal meeting of the European Union's health ministers. The rally will be organised to protest insufficient funding, which this year is at just 3 percent of gross domestic product. Another major problem is that two largest hospitals in Latvia may be on the verge of insolvency. The European Commission's latest report on the economic development and implementation of the EU recommendations states that the proportion of residents with unmet healthcare needs in Latvia is the highest in the European Union, about three times above the EU average indicator. The main reasons for this include high healthcare costs, long waiting lines for specialist consultation visits, and shortages of healthcare access regionally. Healthcare access for vulnerable groups remains restricted, and primary care and referral systems are not sufficiently strong. Furthermore, waiting times for specialist consultations and cancer diagnostics are relatively high, and there is a lack of sickness prevention and health promotion.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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