German university hospital doctors go on strike

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16 March 2006, BERLIN - Doctors working at German university hospitals went on strike Thursday to press their demands for more pay and better working conditions.

16 March 2006

BERLIN - Doctors working at German university hospitals went on strike Thursday to press their demands for more pay and better working conditions.

Hospitals in 10 cities were affected by the day-long stoppage, which follows a ballot of 22,000 doctors that showed more than 98 per cent in favour of strike action.

Hospitals, however, will not be shut down and patients will continue to be treated, said Dr. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, who heads the Marburger Bund, a lobby group for doctors.

Some 4,000 doctors took part in a protest rally called by the lobby group in the city of Mainz on Thursday.

Montgomery said in a radio interview Wednesday that the strike was not aimed at patients but rather at making life difficult for the state which employs doctors at the university hospitals.

Doctors are demanding a 30-per-cent pay increase and better working conditions. Talks aimed at a compromise broke down last week.

Organizers of the strike said it would be extended to other cities next week if doctors' demands were not met.

DPA

Subject: German news

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