Close
Log in
Please enter your login details

Skip to main content

Breaking News
  • ​Turkey needs a new constitution, the newly-elected president of the country’s constitutional court says (Reuters).
  • Airbus Helicopters’ chief executive says firm will create 1,250 ‘direct’ jobs (plus 2,500 ‘indirect’ positions) in Poland by 2020 (Reuters)
  • Police fire teargas and water cannon during second day of protests against president’s bid for a third term; five people killed during Sunday’s protest (Reuters)
Facebook Twitter Google+ Reddit

After weeks of violent protests and even a hunger strike among health workers, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales says he is suspending a controversial medical reform plan.

The aim was to increase the working day from six to eight hours in state hospitals.

But protesters insist the proposal – which does not include any extra pay for the extra hours – should be scrapped altogether rather than just suspended.

They took to the streets again last night in a rally that ended in clashes with police.

Morales says poorer Bolivians are not getting the healthcare they need under the current system but faced with such a wave of opposition he has had to back down.

He is now calling a general health care summit in July.

More about: