German university hospital doctors vote to strike

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15 March 2006, BERLIN - Doctors working at German university hospitals voted Wednesday to go on strike over demands for more pay and better working conditions.

15 March 2006

BERLIN - Doctors working at German university hospitals voted Wednesday to go on strike over demands for more pay and better working conditions.

Over 98 per cent of the 22,000 doctors who took part in the vote cast ballots in favour of beginning a strike at university clinics from Thursday, strike organizers said.

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.

"We cannot simply close the doors to the university hospitals. Emergency cases will still be treated and we cannot just leave patients in their beds with their artificial respirators," said Montgomery in a WDR radio interview.

Montgomery said 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.

DPA

Subject: German news

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