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Hospital transformation to be debated in parliament on November 11

The government’s process of transforming state-run hospitals into joint-stock companies is expected to be the subject of an extraordinary session of parliament on Friday, November 11, the TASR newswire wrote. The extraordinary session was proposed by Smer party which seeks to put a complete halt to the transformations. President Ivan Gašparovič announced on November 7 that the transformation of hospitals should be halted until a new government is formed after the parliamentary elections in March. Protesting doctors are not satisfied with the interim halt in the transformation of state-run hospitals into joint-stock companies and they are not withdrawing their notices of termination of their employment contracts. Marian Kollár, head of the doctors’ unions told the Sme daily that it this does not fulfil their demands and that more than 2,000 doctors still plan to end their employment contracts at the end of November.

The government’s process of transforming state-run hospitals into joint-stock companies is expected to be the subject of an extraordinary session of parliament on Friday, November 11, the TASR newswire wrote.

The extraordinary session was proposed by Smer party which seeks to put a complete halt to the transformations. President Ivan Gašparovič announced on November 7 that the transformation of hospitals should be halted until a new government is formed after the parliamentary elections in March.

Protesting doctors are not satisfied with the interim halt in the transformation of state-run hospitals into joint-stock companies and they are not withdrawing their notices of termination of their employment contracts. Marian Kollár, head of the doctors’ unions told the Sme daily that it this does not fulfil their demands and that more than 2,000 doctors still plan to end their employment contracts at the end of November.

Kollár stated that suspension of the transformations was an accommodating step but that it was not enough as the doctors also want increases in their salaries and more funding for the health-care sector.

Source: TASR, Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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