Austrian and German hospitals seek to recruit more Czech doctors

Austrian and German hospitals are seeking to recruit qualified Czech doctors who are dissatisfied with salaries and work conditions in their homeland, the news site novinky.cz reports. The news site claims that head hunters have intensified their efforts in the medical sphere and have even organized a job opportunities fair in Prague in October. The head of the Czech Medical Chamber Milan Kubek says Czech hospitals and clinics are currently short of some 700 qualified doctors and warns that the situation could significantly deteriorate in view of the government’s cost cutting measures for 2011. Hundreds of doctors have threatened to walk out and seek work abroad unless they get a salary increase next year.