Italian doctors go too far

    I’m all for protesting budget cuts that will negatively affect hospitals and health care, but doctors in Italy went too far on Monday. According to the AP:

    An Italian doctors’ union says more than 40,000 operations have been delayed by a one-day strike against the government’s austerity plans.Medical workers are protesting outside parliament in Rome to protest expected shortages of medical workers in the system because of government plans to not renew many temporary contracts.

    While they say they only refused non-emergency surgeries, I don’t see how doctors or nurses refusing to care for their patients to register their dissent about low wages – or anything else for that matter – can be justified.

    There are very few sectors that I would say should never go on strike, but medical professionals would be one. Too many lives are in their hands. And it is not the officials or executives responsible for their predicament who are most affected by such actions, but the patients themselves.



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