Palma.—In Balearic regional health hospitals and medical centres across the Balearics, medical staff held a morning of protests against the Balearic government's recent announcement to close two important hospitals in Majorca, reduce the hours that the PAC surgeries are open, slash the number of hospital beds available during the peak summer months and cut operations by 50 percent during the same period.

Medical union leaders have warned that the net result could be the loss of over 2'000 jobs while remaining staff will be required to work more for less money after being slapped with a ten percent pay cut.

And, obviously, doctors and nurses are not happy and they intend to battle on until the local government either backs down or revises its plans and comes up with a fairer and more acceptable solution.

Sergio Tortosa, the secretary general of the medical union Sastre, declared yesterday's protest a “massive success” claiming that 450 and 300 medical staff backed the protests at Son Espases and Son Llatzer Hospital in Palma respectively while there was a very strong turn out at Inca, Manacor and Muro hospitals as well as those in Ibiza and Minorca.

The demonstrations are also gathering more and more support from the public, be they patients or not, and this wave of protest by the health service could snowball out of control for the Balearic government.

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