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Doctors go on national strike as promised

The decision approved at the General Assembly of the association, which is expected to be further reinforced today, led institutions such as the Santo Tomás Hospital to join the protest
  • EFE

PANAMA CITY .- As promised, the resident doctors of the Hospital Complex of the Social Security Fund went on a national strike until the Panamanian Ministry of Health agrees to pay salary debts registered since 2016.

The decision approved at the General Assembly of the association, which is expected to be further reinforced today, led institutions such as the Santo Tomás Hospital to join the protest.

So far about 350 physicians, registered with the Social Security Fund, would take part in the strike.

Also, the specialist and resident physicians of the Santo Tomás Hospital decided to keep the decision to start a strike, since there are 20% of doctors who have not been paid for working overtime.

They also request the authorities to pay overtime work days during 2016 and 2017, as well as to solve the issue, which according to Panamanian health representatives, "is a chronic problem that has existed for about 10 to 12 years”.

Health Minister Miguel Mayo previously said that 85% of the debt of resident physicians during 2016 has been paid, above 75% of the medical officers.

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