Healthcare unions to file complaint against more overtime hours

Healthcare unions say they will file a complaint to the European Commission over a controversial amendment to the Labour Code concerning overtime work for doctors and paramedics. Martin Engel, chairman of the Association of Czech Doctors, says the amendment which allows doctors to serve up to double the amount of overtime against the current legislation, will put patients at risk. Thousands of doctors have protested against the amendment on the grounds that they are already heavily overworked and have threatened to refuse to serve any overtime hours if it is enforced.