Madrid Doctors’ Strike Threat Unable to Prevent Hospital Privatization

by Kathy Jones on  December 29, 2012 at 8:08 PM General Health News
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With the privatization of hospitals and health care centers going ahead in the Spanish capital, specialist doctors in Madrid have now lifted the indefinite strike against such a move on Friday.
 Madrid Doctors’ Strike Threat Unable to Prevent Hospital Privatization
Madrid Doctors’ Strike Threat Unable to Prevent Hospital Privatization

The strike was launched November 26 against the Madrid regional government plan to privatise management of 27 medical centres and six hospitals.

"We have called off the strike because for us it was not an end but a means, it was the only means of applying pressure," said Fatima Branas, spokeswoman for the association of medical specialists in Madrid.

The privatisation was approved Thursday in the regional Madrid parliament despite the opposition of specialists.

Madrid region health chief Javier Fernandez-Lasquetty said the strike had led to the suspension of more than 6,000 operations and 4,000 consultations. Unions dispute these figures.

Source: AFP

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