More than 3,500 doctors quit to protest poor pay

More than 3,500 doctors--over one-fifth of doctors in Czech hospitals--quit their jobs to protest low pay, the Associated Press reports. The physicians are demanding 70,000 koruna ($3,680) a month, triple the country's average salary. Currently, they earn 50,000 koruna, or the equivalent of $2,630, which includes extra shifts and overtime. The resignations will be effective March 1, so doctors could still go back to work. Union leader Martin Engel said the resignations could grow to 25 percent of the 16,000 doctors in the Czech republic by the end of the year. Some of the protesting physicians are ready to go abroad--mostly to Austria and Germany--for jobs. Article

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