Slovak government asks Czech doctors to replace Slovak medics quitting over low salaries

The Slovak government has asked Czech doctors to temporarily step in for their Slovak colleagues who are quitting en masse in a labour dispute over low salaries, a spokesman for the Czech Health Ministry said on Wednesday. 2,000 out of 7,000 Slovak doctors handed in their notices that will expire on December 1. Czech Health Minister Leoš Heger said he would inform Czech hospital doctors of the offer; however, most experts are sceptical about a potential influx of Czech doctors to Slovakia. For his part, the head of the Czech doctors’ labour union, Martin Engel, said he would ask medics to ignore the appeal so as not to break their Slovak colleagues’ protest.

Author: Jan Richter