Doctors deliver on resignation threats
Czech hospitals should this week start getting a clearer picture of the crisis they face due to mass resignations of doctors after the failure of a nine-month campaign to win better pay and conditions. The deputy head of the doctors’ chamber says around 3,800 doctors have prepared their resignations, many of them leaving to work abroad. Resignation letters should be delivered this week and take effect at the latest by the start of March. Hospitals are already preparing to offer a skeleton service because specialists such as anaesthetists and surgeons are no longer available. No meetings between doctors’ representatives and the Ministry of Health are planned so far this week to avert the mass resignations.