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Doctors to continue protesting in Latvia with six-day strike

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Latvian Young Doctors Association board chairman Kārlis Rācenis

Failing to reach an agreement on guarantees for wages, doctors plan to continue protesting. The plan is holding «Pull Down Flag, Light Candle» protest act from 8th November until 13th November, with hospitals, family doctors practices and others to light candles and pull down the state flag to half-mast, as reported by Latvian Young Doctors Association (LJĀA) board chairman Kārlis Rācenis.

«Politicians have to listen to society not only during pre-election period but especially after being elected to the Saeima or the Cabinet of Ministers. The people have elected deputies for them to take care of all state priorities and people’s interests. This is a great deal of responsibility that requires appropriate and brave approach,» stresses Latvian Physicians Association (LĀB) president Ilze Aizsilniece.

During the protest Saeima deputies and the government were presented the demand to fulfil requirements of the Healthcare Financing Law and secure 20% wage increase for doctors by allocating EUR 120 million as additional funds from the 2020 budget. Participants of the protest also demanded reviewing the funding for healthcare in 2021 and 2022 to ensure funding meets the level of European Union member states and reaches 5% of Latvia’s GDP, as outlined in the statement released by LJĀA and LĀB.

When it comes to healthcare sector’s reform, doctors invite respecting recommendations from OECD, World Health Organization and World Bank, as well as consult with professionals, listen to patients and the entire society’s opinions.

Kārlis Rācenis, protest, important, healthcare, budget 2020, Latvia«The problems left to grow in healthcare and their resolution may serve as a turning point in Latvia’s politics and political culture of active parties. A new generation has grown up in independent Latvia. These people are not prepared to deal with politicians’ habit of promising and not delivering. We are not prepared for compromises. We will continue pushing for our rights to receive quality healthcare,» says Rācenis.

Read also: A Day Without Doctor: Latvian doctors’ protest outside Saeima gathers hundreds

Because industry’s efforts still have not given the desired results, another protest will be taking place in Latvia from 8th to 13th November. As part of Pull Down Flag, Light a Candle!, Latvia’s large hospitals, family doctors and well-known people in society are urged to light candles and pull down Latvia’s flag down half-mast, the statement mentions.

BNN had previously reported that the government planned to allocate additional funds for doctors’ wages by reviewing profit outlooks for Latvian State Forests and Bank of Latvia, as well as putting off the opening of an embassy in Australia. This plan would have secured EUR 18 million. With this amount, the total promised additional funding for doctors’ wages in 2020 would be EUR 60 million.

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