Poland: Sirens roar in protest as Polish doctors demand better pay

Hundreds of doctors staged a protest in front of the office of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo in Warsaw, Saturday, to express solidarity with doctors on hunger strike and to demand increased funding for public health care. Twenty resident doctors had started a hunger strike in the foyer of a major pediatric hospital in Warsaw on 2 October, demanding higher salaries, better working conditions, less... Еще red tape and shorter waiting lists for patients. «We demand an increase in health care expenditure to a minimum of 6.8 percent of GDP is required by the WHO to ensure the safety of the citizens of our country,» one protester said, addressing the crowds. The protesting doctors have claimed they earn between PLN 2,200 and PLN 2,500 (EUR 510) after tax every month, clocking in 80-100 hours per week. The doctors had met with Szydlo for negotiations on Wednesday, about which they said «we felt we had not been treated seriously.»

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