Family physicians to go on strike in Latvia on july 3
The Latvian Health Ministry and the Latvian Association of Family Physicians failed to reach an agreement during strike negotiations today, therefore the family physicians will go on strike, starting from July 3, the Head of the Association, Sarmite Veide, said.
"Regretfully, we did not reach an agreement with the Health Ministry today because the ministry's offer was the same and it would not budge. There will be no further negotiations, and family physicians will begin a strike at noon on July 3," she said.
The strike is going to be unlimited and will last until an agreement is reached with the Latvian Government on the demands by the family physicians. "A strike committee has already been established which this week will announce the arrangements for providing services to patients during the strike," Veide said.
The Association of Family Physicians objects mainly to the Health Ministry's proposals concerning the increase of capitation and organization of joint practices, which would mean that the family physicians will have to be on call after regular working hours and during weekends.