DOCTORS say the strike scheduled to begin in the Islands' hospitals this Monday will go ahead unless management begin negotiations over a new pay deal before Sunday.

The strike, if it takes place, will be the first of its type in the Balearics' hospitals since responsiblity for the health service was transferred from Madrid.

Miguel Lázaro, the president of the hospital committee of the Sindicato Médico Libre (Free Doctors' Union), speaking yesterday, said it was “a very sad day” and that spirits among the union members were “low”. “We wish they would get in contact because we want to avoid this strike,” he said.
If the strike does go ahead on Monday, there will be delays in surgical procedures, out-patient consultations and diagnostic tests.
However, Accident and Emergency will be operating “100 percent”.
Lázaro said a deal signed between Ib-Salut and other unions in response to a request for better pay for interns did not represent doctors and only offered “a generic public contract”.

Neither had the health service responded to pay requests for resident interns, who were being paid “miserable salaries”, he added.
Lázaro explained that if a deal wasn't reached with Ib-Salut, then doctors, representing 95 percent of the hospital workforce, would go on strike on March 3, 4, 12, 13 and 25.