Health minister offers resignation, guarantees from PM

Health Minister Leoš Heger has said he is prepared to resign if doctors feel that such a step would alleviate the crisis in the health sector. The minister said on Tuesday that he was doing everything in his power to prevent a mass exodus of doctors from state hospitals under very strained conditions and that he was prepared to seek guarantees of better work conditions from the prime minister should his word not be enough. In the face of close to 4,000 resignations from dissatisfied doctors the health minister has appealed for patience saying that a radical overhaul of the health sector would make it possible to start raising doctors’ salaries as of next year.