Slovak doctors agree on compromise pay increase

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Posted: Dec 03, 2011 4:08 AM
Slovak doctors agree on compromise pay increase

Slovak doctors have accepted a government proposal for a pay increase and will return to work.

More than 1,200 doctors of some 7,000 from public hospitals resigned from their posts on Thursday over low pay, forcing hospitals to delay planned operations and focus on necessary treatment.

Prime Minister Iveta Radicova announced early Saturday that a compromise was reached "after tough and long talks."

The deal will ensure salaries for doctors in the state-run hospitals of up to 2.3 times higher than average.

The doctors union had demanded three times more, but the government said it could not afford that because of the debt crisis in Europe.

The doctors will return immediately after their union approves new work contracts with hospitals.