Nicaraguan doctors continue strike for five months
Apr 14, 2006, 22:21

A five-month protest by Nicaraguan doctors urging a pay raise continues in the absence of an agreement with the authorities, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

Medical Federation Leader Elio Artola blamed the failure on President Enrique Bolanos' attitude, but talks will continue Monday on the demand for an additional 13 percent raise.

Artola says the government refuses to go beyond 30 percent given a few days ago - 16.75 percent added to the first 13.25 percent grant to the Federation of Health Workers. The doctors make 200 to 500 dollar monthly salaries and they consider themselves the worst paid in the Latin American region.

The protest affects 32 public hospitals and 3,000 medical staff members from the Medical Federation are only assisting emergencies.

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