Romania: Doctors and nurses demand better pay

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Thousands of doctors and nurses have marched through Bucharest demanding better salaries and working conditions for employees of the beleaguered health system.

Those protesting are demanding that the government increases its spending for the health system from 4 to 6 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

The Romanian College of Doctors says that some 3,000 doctors emigrate every year to work abroad where they get better salaries and working conditions. Beginner doctors earn less than euros 200 (USD 275) a month and informal payments and bribes are rife in the system. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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