Medics mulling more protests over healthcare spending

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Latvian Health and Social Care Workers' Trade Union is considering staging new protests over low levels of healthcare spending, the union's head Valdis Keris told the LETA newswire Thursday.

The government is preparing to start work on the 2017 state budget, yet it is not taking into consideration recommendations by the World Health Organization and European Commission for Latvia to increase healthcare spending. That is why new protests are being planned to protect the interests of patients and healthcare workers, said Keris.

The matter will be discussed at a meeting of the trade union's council on August 16, said Keris, adding that, hopefully, there would be no need for such protests.

On Monday, August 8, the Health and Social Care Workers' Union will give a press conference to explain why it believes the government's actions are not in line with the findings and recommendations issued by the European Commission, World Health organization, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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