Medical syndicates to re-launch partial strike Saturday: official
Health Minister Adel al-Adawy - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: Medical syndicates are set to resume their strike, which had been suspended late February, after the Ministry of Health and the government failed to respond to their demands.

The Pharmacists’ Syndicate presented an official statement to the Minister of Health, Adel el-Adawy, to prepare an urgent draft for a fair salary law for medical professionals, instead of the unfair incentives law applied by the Cabinet, Dr. Haitham Abdel Aziz, head of the committee for publicly employed pharmacists at the Syndicate, said Friday

Abdel Aziz added that the Pharmacists’ Syndicate is coordinating with the strikes’ committees at the different medical syndicates to launch an operations’ room to follow up on the open-ended partial strike.

The strikes are set to resume the strike on March 8, in objection to the government’s medical incentives law, instead of the previous law that was set to designate the salary levels for different medical professions, he said.

The medical syndicates, including the Pharmacists’, Doctors’ and Dentists’ Syndicates have been striking on-and-off for months due to the new law, and the dismissal of former Minister of Health seemingly did not affect the ministry’s decision.

Further, the medical syndicates’ strike coincides with major strikes all over the country, most of which call for minimum wage and the improvement of services in various vital sectors.

Originally published in Youm7.

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