Czechs to send 30 doctors to Slovakia

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2011 6:44 AM
Czechs to send 30 doctors to Slovakia

The Czech government has agreed to deploy 30 army doctors in Slovak hospitals after more than a thousand local doctors resigned over low pay.

Prime Minister Petr Necas says they could stay for 60 days. Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra said Friday they will be deployed over the weekend.

The Slovak government has asked neighboring countries to send help after 1,200 doctors of some 7,000 in state-run hospitals left their jobs Thursday.

The Health Ministry also said other neighbors, including Austria, Hungary and Poland have offered to treat Slovak patients in their hospitals located near the border, if necessary.

Originally, more than 2,000 doctors threatened to leave but some of them accepted an offer for a euro300 ($405) pay increase and withdrew resignations.