Spanish health workers protest against privatisation

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Spanish trade unions say 90 percent of Madrid’s medical workers have gone on strike, on the second day of a 48 hour walkout.

They are protesting against what they call an ‘aggressive privatisation of the public health system.’

Striking doctor, Alfonso Lopez Garcia de Viedma said: ¨You can´t offer the same services with less money. The private companies invest to earn money and the health system loses out. The health system should be always efficient and of high quality.¨

The government’s plan is to privatise six major hospitals in the region along with 40 healthcare centres.

Critics say this could result in up to 8000 people losing their jobs but the government says they can be rehired by new companies.