French surgeons plan symbolic exile in Britain

9th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 9 (AFP) - Hundreds of French surgeons are threatening to leave for four days of symbolic exile in Britain on Tuesday to protest against falling income and soaring insurance rates.

PARIS, May 9 (AFP) - Hundreds of French surgeons are threatening to leave for four days of symbolic exile in Britain on Tuesday to protest against falling income and soaring insurance rates.  

The group Surgeons of France called off a similar action last August after reaching a compensation package with the government, but now claims its terms have not been implemented.  

"The agreement was never put into effect. Surgeons feel betrayed and are determined to show it," said the group's spokesman Philippe Cuq.  

Up to a thousand surgeons are due to take a Eurostar train from Paris early Tuesday and spend the rest of the week at the southern English resort of Camber Sands, the group said.  

Claiming to speak for an estimated 16,000 surgeons working in private practice, Surgeons of France says that fees have remained static for 15 years while insurance payments have gone up tenfold thanks to the growing number of malpractice suits.  

Under August's deal with Health Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy, an extra EUR 52 million (USD 66 million) was to be made available last year for surgeons from the national health insurance fund, but Surgeons of France claims the money has failed to materialise.

 

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