Union says 3500 doctors have promised to resign in protest campaign

Some 3,500 Czech physicians have confirmed they will be resigning in protest against salary conditions, the union of Czech doctors reported on Sunday. The union says it expects up to 4,000 – or one fourth of all hospital doctors to resign through it “Thank You, We’re Leaving” campaign, which demands that hospital physicians receive up to three times the national average wage. However, Health Minister Leoš Heger says he is confident the final number will be about 700. Mr Heger maintains that there is no money for raising state doctors’ salaries and points out that health care salaries have not been reduced along with other state employee wages. Instead, he asked for the doctors’ help in implementing health care reform so that the situation could be better from 2012.