Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenska had to head back prematurely from a meeting of EU health ministers in Brussels yesterday to deal with a crisis at Zilina University Hospital after doctors refused to do the standby emergency shifts.
More than half of the 228 doctors at the hospital refused to do the shifts, which means no service from the afternoon until morning, as a show of solidarity for the sacking of 18 colleagues due to spending cuts and in protest to military doctors filling their places.
Military doctors were brought in on Wednesday to cover the situation. The hospital management has made some progress in negotiations with the doctors, offering to stop the planned redundancies if the rest take a pay cut. Negotiations are still ongoing.