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Staff on strike at 11 Brussels hospital sites

09:40 03/06/2019

Staff at 11 hospitals in Brussels have walked out on strike in a protest against underfunding and worsening work conditions.

The 24-hour strike began on Sunday evening and affects public hospitals that are part of the Iris network.

These include Brugmann and Saint-Pierre hospitals, the Bordet Institute, Queen Fabiola children's hospital, Molière-Longchamp and Etterbeek-Ixelles.

A minimum level of service is in place, similar to that normally provided on a Sunday. Some consultations are likely to be cancelled.

Three trade unions representing medical and administrative staff are behind the industrial action. They say healthcare workers face ever greater pressure, with a vicious circle of underfunding, increased workload and more stress-related absences.

Photo: Herwig Vergult/Belga

Written by The Bulletin


Frank Lee

How fortunate are we to work in a place with no pressure, overfunding, and decreased workloads? By the way, when you guys return to work after the strike, there will be a backlog of paperwork to be dealt with, as the patients, them, don't have the luxury to put their cancer, heart disease, or broken leg on strike.

Jun 3, 2019 11:21

The shut-down affects town halls, social aid agencies and the five Iris hospitals of the region, spread over 11 sites

Jun 4, 2019 12:49