Paediatricians protest over pay, workload
16 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Paediatricians in hospitals across the country went out on strike on Friday in protest against their high workload and poor rates of pay.
16 June 2006
BRUSSELS — Paediatricians in hospitals across the country went out on strike on Friday in protest against their high workload and poor rates of pay.
The chairman of the East and West Flanders branch of the Flemish Doctors Syndicate, Yves Louis, said paediatricians widely accepted the call to strike on Friday.
Besides the one-day strike, paediatricians also demonstrated outside the offices of federal Health Minister Rudy Demotte.
Belgium's children's doctors are demanding the abolition of restrictions recently placed by Demotte on supplementary fees.
They are also demanding compensation of EUR 750,000 for a three-month delay imposed on an approved increase in fees.
"There are currently 600 paediatricians working in Belgian hospitals and they work under increasing pressure. The problem is thus a danger to the health of children," Louis said.
He said a signed letter will be sent to all party leaders of the coalition government outlining the problem. The letter will also hold them in default of promises previously made.
"All coalition partners are partly responsible," he said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news