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Thousands of doctors in the Czech Republic are threatening to resign over their low salaries.
Around 4000 of the country’s 16 000 hospital doctors have signed letters of resignation over their wages, which head of the Czech Republic doctors’ union Martin Engel said saw junior doctors starting on 17 000 crowns (£580; €696; $915) a month, equivalent to 100 crowns, or €4, an hour before taxes. “You get more working in a fast food restaurant,” he said.
The doctors’ union, which is running the “Thanks, We’re Leaving” campaign, wants salaries to be increased to 70 000 crowns a month, around three times the national average of 23 600 crowns, and will submit the letters of resignation to hospital managers at the end of December. The two month notice period would mean the doctors would stop working on 1 March.
But the health ministry is calling on doctors to reconsider, asking for time to implement