1 January 2014

Egypt's Doctors Begin Partial Strike Against Poor Conditions

Cairo — Some Egyptian doctors began a partial strike on Wednesday to protest the poor condition of their salaries and the medical equipment they are provided.

The Doctors Syndicate announced that the strike would take place as the government continues to ignore healthcare problems that doctors face, in a statement issued Tuesday.

"The strike will be partial and it would not include emergency rooms or critical cases. We would not allow that any patient be harmed," the statement explained.

The striking doctors still await the government's implementation of the financial and administrative cadre for them, which "they have long fought for."

There was a similar strike against the deteriorating status of healthcare in October 2012 that ended in March 2013 without any of the doctors' demands being met.

On her side, Healthcare Minister Maha al-Rabat said that an emergency plan is being prepared to ensure that medical services are provided normally and not affected by the strike.

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