Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt: Scores of Doctors Stage Symbolic Funeral for Health

Scores of doctors staged on Thursday a symbolic funeral for health in front of Cairo's Omar Makram mosque as part of the doctors' strike.

The doctors in addition to others who participated in solidarity with them walked around Tahrir square carrying a symbolic coffin and chanting slogans that call for boosting spending on health and attack the policies of the government and the ministry of health.

This move is part of an open-ended partial strike the doctors began on October 1 to demand increasing the allocations allotted to health in the country's budget, approving the doctors' cadre project and providing security to hospitals.

Participants held banners that said "Receiving treatment is every citizen's right" and "Fair wages for doctors and free treatment for the poor". The also chanted several slogans such as "The people demand the rights of the patient".

The Strong Egypt Party led by former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, the Egyptian Socialist Party and the Revolutionary Socialists Party were among several political powers that participated in this mock funeral.

Scores of doctors formed a human chain last week in a protest against the deterioration of the doctors' and hospitals' conditions in the country.

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