CAIRO: The Supreme Committee of the Doctors Strike called on Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to provide free healthcare for sick citizens through military hospitals, in a Friday statement on its official page commenting on the speech Sisi gave during the inauguration of the opening session of the second annual conference for young doctors and fresh graduates on Thursday.
Sisi had called on young doctors to treat citizens and not “wait for a reward” for their duties.
The committee wrote that young doctors were ready to waive their rights and salaries but would “never surrender” the right of citizens to receive free healthcare in governmental hospitals.
“Doctors are suffering in hospitals affiliated to the Health Ministry … Five doctors passed away during the last two months alone because of infectious diseases … yet the media neglected to cover their cases,” the committee wrote.
Thousands of doctors have been holding partial strikes every Monday and Wednesday since Feb. 10 to protests against the Health Ministry’s proposed incentives law.