Health Minister Ivan Uhliarik said on Wednesday, March 9, that he respects the right of health-care employees to have better working and salary conditions.
Speaking at a session of the government, he stressed that doctors must recognise the current situation in healthcare, with both hospitals and the largest (state-run) health insurer Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa drowning in debt. Uhliarik stated that the ministry is carrying out measures aimed at more effective use of resources, which could then be used to increase salaries.
The minister was reacting to a protest announced by the Slovak Union of Expert Doctors (SLUŠ), which recommended that its members should suspend care on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 9. "I value the work of doctors and nurses, and that isn't just words ... but I reject endangering the health of patients without proper communication with the ministry," Uhliarik said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. Mar 2011 at 10:00