Czech Republic: Revolting doctors cry victory
27 January 2011
“The government has found the money it needs for the doctors. Insurance company will have to dip into their reserves,” reports Hospodářské noviny. The ”Thank you, we are leaving” protest movement, launched in late 2010 by approximately 4,000 hospital doctors who threatened to leave the Czech Republic before the end of February 2011, has forced Petr Nečas’ government to bring forward an overhaul of the country’s health care system and to grant doctors an immediate pay rise. The movement’s slogan, “Náš exodus, váš exitus” (Our exit, your funeral), which prompted a heated debate in the country, appears to have become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The economic daily notes that the functioning of several hospitals has been disrupted by the doctors’ initiative. In its editorial, Hospodářské noviny thanks the dissenting doctors who have “brought change to corrupt and wasteful system, and forced the government to go ahead with reforms that should have been implemented years ago."