Slovak hospitals look set to relive the chaos of 2011

A mass exodus of doctors once seemed unlikely, but ten days before their resignations take effect, uncertainty reigns.

Resignation notices filed by hundreds of doctors in late September. Resignation notices filed by hundreds of doctors in late September. (Source: Sme - Marko Erd)

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Anxiety over hospital negotiations

Roughly one quarter of all doctors working in Slovakia’s understaffed hospitals are serving out their notice periods, and are thus set to leave their jobs as of December 1, when their resignations, submitted en masse at the initiative of the Doctors’ Trade Unions (LOZ), come into effect.

If the doctors do not withdraw their resignations, the resulting situation will be nothing short of a catastrophe for some hospitals in Slovakia. In fact, as December nears, patients in need of health care, hospital managers and doctors themselves, are following the negotiations between the LOZ and the government with growing anxiety.

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