Czech Republic - Doctors and specialists protest against poor funding - October 31, 2017

General practitioners, specialists and dentists held a symbolic nationwide protest against inadequate financing and excessive bureaucracy that is driving many of them out of business. They warned that the symbolic protest would be followed by a one-day strike if the government fails to pay attention to their demands. According to the Union of Private Practitioners, the country will lack around 800 medical specialists and general practitioners by the year 2020. The union said that unless things change the whole network could collapse. It moreover points out that in supporting hospitals and neglecting small private practitioners the health ministry has been following the opposite trend of that in Western Europe where the authorities have recognised the importance of providing good and accessible outpatient care.

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