Hospitals gearing up for staff crisis in December

Hospitals are gearing up for a staff crisis in December after more than 6,000 doctors refused to sign overtime contracts for the coming month. According to the Czech Medical Chamber acute care will be provided, but thousands of outpatient appointments and hundreds of operations will have to be postponed. Health Minister Vlastimil Válek is due to meet with doctors’ unions on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to avert the crisis.