Case on dissolving Medical Syndicate referred to state commissioners
Health Minister Adel al-Adawy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Administrative Justice Court referred on Tuesday a lawsuit demanding the dissolution of the Medical Syndicate and the Pharmacists Syndicate to the Board of State Commissioners, according to Youm7.

 The lawsuit was filed by a lawyer, who also demanded that any doctor or pharmacist on strike be referred to disciplinary committees. His petition said that the most affected by the strikes in this “difficult time” are the poor.

 The committee overseeing the strikes said in a Tuesday press conference that doctors would march to the Cabinet on April 28 and hold an open sit-in outside the Ministry of Health until their demands are met. It is also collecting mass resignations from the Ministry of Health for its disregard of their demands.

 On April 25, the extraordinary General Assembly of the Medical Syndicate would discuss calling on doctors working in the private sector to join the strike and shifting to a total strike, Ahmed Shousha, head of the committee, told Youm7 Tuesday.

 The resolution the government offered, which was to increase the allowance of medical practitioners to 300 EGP over three stages starting in 2015, was severely criticized by the Medical Syndicate.

 In a statement released on April 19, the syndicate expressed disbelief that this offer is the government’s response to the “fairness and legitimacy” of doctors’ demands and the yearlong protests and strikes to improve the health system and the living conditions of doctors.

 On April 18, striking doctors began refraining from issuing any private medical certificates that are required for a range of purposes including obtaining a driving license, pilgrimage visas, marriage, and overseas employment. The strike does not include the issuance of certificates of birth, death and vaccination.

 The doctors’ partial strikes began in January, but were suspended for short periods. Since March 8, doctors have gone on strike every Monday and Wednesday.

 Doctors have demanded reforms in the healthcare system and more rights and security regarding their profession, also objecting to the former Ministry of Health’s implementation of the newly adopted incentives’ project, which was implemented in the place of a preferred bill designating the salaries for medical professionals.

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