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More than 400 000 visits and 4,500 surgeries can be canceled in Portugal

Thousands of doctors and nurses went on strike to protest budget cuts health

 
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Thousands of doctors and nurses went on strike in Portugal to protest cuts in health budgets. The Minister of Health, Paulo Moita de Macedo warned that about 4.5 billion transactions and 400,000 visits may be canceled.

The strike of health workers began on Wednesday (9) and is expected to last 48 hours. Many hospitals had rescheduled appointments, anticipating that the strike was announced last month and said that emergency services will not be affected.

The government promised to reduce its budget deficit by 65 billion euros as part of the agreement reached with the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May last year.

Unions say the measures, which include higher rates of prescription affect the poorest segment of society. They complain that some private doctors are working excessively to try to minimize the crisis in the public sector.

According to a statement given to AFP, the director of the National Federation of Physicians, Mario Jorge Neves, said he was sure of the success of the strike. On the other hand, "thousands of people are now deprived of care because they can not afford the prices that were implemented in January," said a representative group of patients.

According to information from international agencies, patients arrive at hospitals on the day scheduled for surgery unless they feel they are going to perform the procedure. Many, even calling the day before, can not get a confirmation.

Portugal has already cut public sector wages and increased taxes to reduce its budget deficit and deal with the economic crisis. Earlier this month, a proposal to limit extra holiday pay and Christmas for public sector workers was held unconstitutional but received praise from the EU and the IMF.

Source: Isaude.net
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