Estonia - Doctors will strike if union demands are not met - January 01, 2017

The trade union of medical specialists, Eesti Arstide Liit (EAL), announced that the warning strike of the country’s doctors of 20 September 2016 had not produced any results. The government has until February 2017 to adopt the union’s demands, otherwise a new and bigger strike will follow. The doctors demand of the government a guarantee to quality and timely care for patients. To this end, it should equip the Health Insurance Fund (Haigekassa) and the hospitals with enough money to cover the arising costs. Further demands include making specialists’ care available to children within reasonable distance of their place of residence. The accessibility of health care is an issue in a country that has recently suffered from the depopulation of its more remote rural areas.

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