Madrid doctors lift strike
Specialist doctors in Madrid lifted an indefinite strike Friday after failing to prevent a plan to privatise the management of hospitals and health care centres in the region.
The strike was launched November 26 against the Madrid regional government plan to privatise management of 27 medical centres and six hospitals.
"We have called off the strike because for us it was not an end but a means, it was the only means of applying pressure," said Fatima Branas, spokeswoman for the association of medical specialists in Madrid.
The privatisation was approved Thursday in the regional Madrid parliament despite the opposition of specialists.
Madrid region health chief Javier Fernandez-Lasquetty said the strike had led to the suspension of more than 6,000 operations and 4,000 consultations. Unions dispute these figures.
© 2012 AFP