Czech Republic: Doctor exodus averted
17 February 2011
"The doctors have won. They got higher wages and a promise to reform the health system", leads Hospodářské noviny, after Czech doctors had resigned en masse to protest low salaries. It’s one of the most successful union actions in the past 15 years, says the Prague business newspaper, and has won a pay-rise of between 5,000 and 8,000 crowns (€200-330) for each doctor as early as April. In 2013 it should reach between one-and-a-half and three times the average wage in the country (about €1,000), which also meets the demands of the doctors’ union. “Society has finally begun to pay its debt to the doctors. Now it’s their turn to pay their debts to the patients, who, unlike them, are not free to pack up and head elsewhere,” comments a columnist for the daily.