French doctors staged a one-day protest strike -- and in Paris several hundred of them took part in demonstrations on Wednesday (22 December).
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Background: French doctors staged a one-day protest strike -- and in Paris several hundred of them took part in demonstrations on Wednesday (22 December).
There were big gatherings in front of the Medical Association head-quarters and the Labour Ministry building, with strikers protesting against restrictions which are being imposed on their pay negotiations.
They are also complaining that the government's austerity policy will mean that they will not be able to recoup their rising expenses. In their strike manifesto the doctors also say that they will not tolerate a two-tier medical system, with cut price treatment for poor people and a black market for the rich.
The doctors have rejected government studies which indicate that their incomes are rising faster than they are prepared to reveal. They are also criticising conventions in the French social security system and a fee-setting scheme. The strike, described as a "warning day" by the country's biggest doctor's federation, came after a new appeal by President Giscard d'Estaing for support for the government's austerity plan. This is now opposed both by the Left-wing and moderate trade unions, as well as a number of professional groups.