Prague mayor: two maternity wards will close if no deal is reached with dissatisfied doctors

Two out of Prague’s six maternity wards will have to close down if no deal is reached between the government and dissatisfied doctors, Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda said on Wednesday. The remaining wards would be unable to care for expectant mothers, Mr Svoboda said.

More than 3,800 Czech hospital physicians have handed in resignations in a campaign for higher salaries. The government has refused to increase their wages immediately, and only promised higher salaries as part of a broader health care reform. The resignations will take effect in March.

Author: Jan Richter