Family doctors may call off strike

The Latvian Association of Family Physicians might decide to end its current strike in the near future, the association’s head Sarmite Veide told journalists after a meeting with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers).

Veide said that the association’s meeting with Kucinskis July 6 focused on the striking medics’ demands. “We went through all issues. Now, we are waiting for the prime minister’s written proposals. Already today, the strike committee will review these proposals and decide on their acceptability and possible compromises,” said Veide.

Veide informed that after written communication between the strike committee and the prime minister, the Latvian Association of Family Physicians might announce its decision on the government’s proposals and a possible end of the strike already this evening or tomorrow, July 7.

The head of the Latvian Association of Family Physicians admitted, however, that it had been difficult to reach an agreement on raising capitation funding as the medics want primary care to be excluded from this payment arrangement.

In the context of e-health, it has been decided to start using the system already on September 1, but legal and technological improvements will be provided by January 1, 2018.

After the meeting with Kucinskis, the association wants to receive a written document on today’s talks.

As reported, more than 600 family physicians went on strike this Monday, indefinitely suspending the provision of the government-funded health care services.

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