Latvia - Practitioners will strike over pay - June 30, 2017

The association of general practitioners, or family physicians as they are called in the country, has called an indefinite strike starting 3 July after the Health Ministry rejected a proposal to set up a reconciliation panel. The Association of Family Physicians said that the decision to strike was taken already in May but that before announcing the action the association offered the Health Ministry to form the reconciliation commission to find a compromise solution to the medics' pay issues. During the strike, the family physicians will not be providing government-funded health care services, except for emergency services. The association is determined to continue the strike until the government meets the medics' demands. The government still has no plan for raising salaries for the family physicians, medical nurses and assistants. The medics are also upset about some extra duties they will be expected to perform after the health care reform.

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