Latvian medics to protest over insufficient funding

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-15 22:47:01|Editor: huaxia
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RIGA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Latvian trade union of medics has decided to organize protests over insufficient funding allocated to the health sector in the Baltic country's 2020 budget, the union's council announced on Tuesday.

The multistage protests planned by the Trade Union of Health and Social Care Employees will involve a warning strike, a protest march in Riga and filing a formal complaint with the Constitutional Court.

The trade union warned that the government's failure to provide adequate funding to the sector might threaten the provision of health care services to the population already in the next coming years.

The Latvian Junior Doctors Association also announced on Tuesday it was planning to stage protests in a few weeks' time.

The association's chairman, Karlis Racenis, said on public radio that the young physicians no longer believed in the government's promises to raise their wages, adding that the protests would be organized together with the Latvian Medical Association.

Under legislation adopted in 2018, health care employees were supposed to get a 20-percent pay increase in 2020, local media reported.

However, while working on Latvia's 2020 budget, the government realized that it will be impossible to keep that promise, according to local media reports. Enditem