Poland - Nationwide doctors’ strike - October 31, 2017

Doctors around the country have been protesting. They demand better working conditions, shorter hospital waiting lists and less red tape. The doctors are seeking an immediate pay rise to 105 percent of the national average monthly wage of 4,600 zloty (€1,010) gross each month. The strikers have the public's support, according to a survey, which said 63 percent of respondents backed the doctors' initiative. The dispute started on October 2 when a group of 20 resident doctors started a hunger strike in the foyer of a Warsaw paediatric hospital. This was later repeated in other big cities. Last year, the government spent 4.4% of the country's GDP on health services. That puts it among some of the lowest-spending countries, according to the intergovernmental economic organisation OECD - just above Turkey (3.4%) and Latvia (3.2%).

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