Egypt's hospitals not affected by strike, says Minister
Ahram Online, Monday 26 Sep 2011
Helmy says patients receiving adequate care despite ongoing doctors' strike

The two-week ongoing doctors’ strike has not affected Egypt’s hospitals, according the Minister of Health and Housing, Amr Helmy.

Helmy insists that most of the ministry’s hospitals are functioning normally and that all patients are receiving adequate care, despite the continuing strike. He also adds that all surgeries and medical examinations are being performed on time. Medical insurance hospitals are not affected by the strike, the minister says.

The Ministry, Helmy says, has a backup plan to provide patients with adequate care during the strike, by boosting the emergency departments and using medical caravans to make up for the shortage of doctors.

“The strike continues in many of the hospitals in Egypt’s various governorates and the ministry is putting forth new plans to try and face shortages in the hospitals as a result of this strike,” Helmy says.

Egyptian doctors are demanding better wages and increased spending on public hospitals.