The Government decided on Wednesday, December 7, to end the state of emergency at 16 Slovak hospitals.
Health Minister Ivan Uhliarik (Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) said that there was no need to maintain the state of emergency as the government had come to an agreement with the hospital doctors’ union and its members were returning to work, as quoted by the TASR newswire. The government declared the state of emergency on November 28 in order to prevent health care in Slovakia collapsing after hundreds of hospital doctors submitted their resignations en masse.
The Sme daily wrote on Thursday, December 8, that it seems that the protest might in the end increase the number of physicians at some hospitals as directors, fearing the impact of mass layoffs, hired some new doctors. These will not be laid off after the return of the protesting physicians. Altogether about 50 physicians have left: some for better offers, some for retirement, while others have gone abroad. The Health Ministry does not yet have final statistics, but Sme reported that the numbers provided by large hospitals indicate such a shift.
Sources: TASR, Sme
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Dec 2011 at 10:00