KAFR AL-SHEIKH, Egypt: Doctors, dentists and pharmacists of public hospitals in several governorates went on strike on Saturday to demand a law that had been previously drafted, designating salary levels for different medical professions.
While the reception and emergency departments of some hospitals are functioning normally, other hospitals have completely suspended work, and hundreds of patients were not provided with medical assistance.
“We participated in the strike in hopes that new Minister of Health Adel al-Adawy responds to our demands,” undersecretary of the Kafr el-Sheikh Pharmacists’ Syndicate Farida Abdou told Youm7.
Abdou demanded that Adawy approve the draft law as a start, “even if he delays its implementation due to Egypt’s economic conditions.”
The Ministry of Health proposed an incentive law instead of the previous law, but the incentives law does not provide the same services, according to the General Medical Syndicate.
The Syndicate organized partial strikes twice a week in February, and announced it would organize an open partial strike as of March 8, if the government did not respond to their demands.
Medical professionals have been striking for months, in an on-and-off clash with the ministry. They have also been demanding better health services and major overhauls in the conditions in public hospitals.
Originally published in Youm7.