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Ceturtdiena 21.11.2019 | Name days: Andis, Zeltīte

Healthcare trade unions to decide on future protests in Latvia

Latvian Trade Union of Health and Social Care Workers council plans to decide on future protests on Tuesday, 19 November, as confirmed by the trade union.

Doctors urge government to postpone budget approval; prepare for strike

Latvian Doctors Union, Latvian Young Doctors Association and Latvian Nurses Association urge the government to postpone budget approval and continue talks about allocation of additional funding for healthcare in 2020 and future years, associations report.

PHOTO: doctors and opponents of municipal reform protest outside the Saeima

It was rather crowded around the Saeima prior to the parliament’s first meeting of November. Latvian doctors came to protest and demand provision of promised funding for healthcare. Later, however, opponents of the municipal reform joined them to voice their opinions.

Association leader: doctors are not prepared for a compromise solution

In attempts to resolve the healthcare financing problem in Latvia, healthcare workers are not ready to accept the government’s proposed compromises, said board chairman of Latvian Association of Young Doctors Kārlis Rācenis in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Panorāma.

Prime Minister says problems in Latvia’s healthcare sector accumulated over 20 years

Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and Finance Minister Jānis Reirs do not promise additional funding for healthcare in the country’s budget for 2020.

Latvian healthcare workers to hold protest in November

In hopes of securing larger state funding for healthcare industry’s workers, doctors and other medical staff plant to take unpaid leave and organize a protest outside the Saeima building on 7 November, as confirmed by healthcare workers organizations’ representatives.

Party leader says Saeima’s dismissal would not improve funding for healthcare

Even if the healthcare workers trade union could accomplish Saeima’s dismissal, which they have promised to do if politicians do not increase funding for healthcare, it would not help increase funding, said the leader of the National Alliance «All for Latvia/For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» Raivis Dzintars in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

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