Doctors and pharmacist go on strike

BELGRADE -- Doctors and pharmacists in Serbia went on strike on Monday morning and appealed on the the public to seek medical assistance "only when absolutely necessary."

A sign reading 'strike' in Serbian (B92, file)
A sign reading 'strike' in Serbian (B92, file)

The strike is scheduled to end at 19:00 CET.

President of the Trade Union of Doctors and Pharmacists Dragan Cvetić said the warning strike was organized "to highlight the disastrous state of the health-care sector."

"The direct cause of today's strike in the solidarity tax, but there are too many reasons. The general situation is catastrophic, and Serbia has been the last when it comes to health-care for the past two years. The fact is that both patients and physicians are dissatisfied," said he.

Cvetić added that the strike was a warning and that "if this situation continues, it will be repeated."

"Once the government is formed and parliament constituted, we'll strike again, if need be," he warned.

"All that is acute and urgent will of course be taken care of, but what is not will have to wait until the next day," he said of patients seeking medical assistance this Monday, and added:

"Once again we ask for your understanding and support."