News in brief: February 2012
Hungary’s doctors have threatened mass resignations unless they are granted higher salaries. They are demanding 200 000 forints (£530; €640; $820) a month as basic pay, which is three times the national average salary. Specialists are requesting 300 000 forints, the Washington Post reported.
The protest follows a strike by doctors in nearby Slovakia, which ended in mid-December after the government agreed to their terms.
The website of the doctors’ group organising the demand said more than 2500 doctors, about a quarter of those working in hospital care, had submitted resignations to take effect in January if their demands were not met.
“We are approaching a decisive moment: we will now see whether we are important to the government. Will it form an alliance with us, does it see value and opportunity in us, or will it abandon us like previous governments did?” the doctors wrote in an open letter to prime