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Catalan doctors strike over cuts


Doctors in Spain’s northern region of Catalonia started a two-day strike on Tuesday to protest against cuts in health spending.

Spain’s autonomous but centrally-funded regions are being pushed to make savings as the country looks to balance its books.

The Catalan regional government has already shut at least 40 primary care centres and medics say the cuts are adding to operation waiting times.

Natalia Fuertes said her 65-year-old mother died after waiting more than two and a half days to be treated for a serious brain condition. “I blame those who have closed the operation rooms. They closed them and now it is we, the public, who are suffering from these cuts,” she said.

Unions said at least 70 per cent of the 16,500 members called on to strike took part in the industrial action.

The Catalan health authority said the number was closer to 20 per cent.

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