Bahrain: Global campaign against crackdown on medics

Global medical professionals demand immediate dropping of all charges against Bahraini medics Twenty medical professionals in Bahrain have been given prison sentences of five to fifteen years in jail by military court, for helping those wounded by the regime. According to Physicians for Human Rights, there is “hard evidence of systematic and co-ordinated attacks against…

Egypt: Health technicians join strike

Update: 25 September – hundreds of health technicians protest outside parliament Health professionals and technical staff represented by the Egyptian Health Technologists Syndicate will join a strike from 25 September, after six months of fruitless negotiations over their demands the union said in a statement on 24 September. The union is fighting for better pay…

Egypt: Independent hospital unions build links across health service

Independent unions at six hospitals have taken their first steps towards regular co-ordination. Representatives from Manshiyet al-Bakri Hospital, Al-Du’aa Hospital, Al-Zawiya al-Hamra Hospital, Al-Abbasiyya Mental Health Hospital, Al-Munira Hospital and Al-Haram Hospital issued a statement on 9 August pledging to meet regularly in order to build the independent unions across the health sector. They will…

Act now to support Egyptian hospital workers

Solidarity action co-ordinated by Canadian doctors and health workers – Support the doctors’ march to Tahrir Square, 10 June The Egyptian health-care system only receives 3.5 per cent of GDP. Doctors work under state-controlled unions led by corrupt officials with ties to the Mubarak regime, which have prevented them from advocating for better health care…

Egypt: the doctors’ strike and the unfinished revolution

This is a translation and adaption of an article by Mohamed Shafiq, member of the Higher Strike Committee of the Doctors’ Strike published a few days before the 17 May doctors’ strike. Original article here: http://www.e-socialists.net/node/6900 Send messages of support to the doctors’ strike here: atebaa@Gmail.com atebaa_bela_hokook@yahoo.com Mohamed Shafiq This article summarizes the views of…

Egyptian doctors begin indefinite strike

Egyptian doctors began an indefinite strike on 17 May. The doctors stuck solidly for 24 hours on 10 May, and the authorities are already under pressure. Government ministers have hastily promised an increase in the health budget, although far, far less than is needed.  Crucially the doctors are fighting not just for themselves, but also…