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Staff on strike at 11 Brussels hospital sites
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