Doctors in Asyut to strike starting Sunday

Ahram Online, Saturday 1 Oct 2011

Doctors in Upper Egypt's least developed governorate announced they would go on strike starting Sunday, in protest for not receiving the minimum wage

Doctors in Asyut, Upper Egypt, announced that they would go on strike starting Sunday in protest for not receiving a minimum wage.

Mohamed Helmy, an obstetrician and member of the Doctors Coalition in Asyut, said all young doctors had had meeting a couple of days ago in which they agreed on a complete strike.

Doctors in many departments will reportedly take part in the strike, including emergency doctors.

“We will go on this strike because doctors lost their dignity,” Helmy said. “The strike will last until our demands are met. We are demanding a minimum wage like that for policemen, bankers and judges, as well as a timeline to implement it.”

A fortnight ago, thousands of government doctors across different parts of Egypt went on strike to demand better wages and work conditions.

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