Hungary- Gov’t and doctors negotiating minimum wage

Hungary- Gov’t and doctors negotiating minimum wage

The government has started negotiations with the unions of Hungarian physicians on the possible introduction of a minimum wage for specialists, daily Magyar Nemzet said on Friday.

State secretary for health Gabor Zombor told the paper that despite government measures including scholarships for graduates and a pay hike for 93,000 health workers have slowed a trend of doctors seeking employment abroad, further instruments were needed to retain healthcare specialists.

Istvan Eger, head of the Hungarian Medical Chamber, welcomed the government’s readiness for talks, and said that the number of doctors working abroad is “so high that each further departure poses a problem” for Hungary’s health care system.

In the first half of 2014, a total of 878 health care workers applied for a permit to work abroad as against 929 in the same period last year, Magyar Nemzet said.

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