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POLAND: Doctors embark on strike to protest poor pay, inadequate funding



In what is seen as a rare occurrence, hundreds of doctors thronged the streets of Warsaw in Poland demanding increases in their low earnings and more spending on the chronically strapped and inefficient health care system in the country.

Reports say young doctors rallied in front of the prime minister’s office to demand increases in their pay while also bearing placards with inscriptions like: Stop dying in queues on Saturday.

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According to reports, the rallying demonstrators led by some 20 junior doctors who have been on a hunger strike at a Warsaw children’s hospital for almost two weeks had earlier met with Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and Health Minister Konstanty Radziwill this week, but found the talks unsatisfactory.

Most of the young doctors want their monthly salaries of about 1,500 zlotys ($420,) significantly increased and have threatened to leave Poland over its health care budget which is regarded as insufficient and leads to monthlong waits for simple medical procedures.



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