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NHS Caught in Winter of Discontent

Ljubljana, 4 December - There is mounting discontent among Slovenian doctors about the conditions they work in and what they are getting paid for that. This was confirmed by Tuesday's morning assembly of doctors working in the Ljubljana central hospital, UKC, in what some analysts saw as a cover-up strike.

Ljubljana
Doctors gather for an informative meeting at the Ljubljana central hospital before their trade union begins wage talks with the Health Ministry.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
Doctors gather for an informative meeting at the Ljubljana central hospital before their trade union begins wage talks with the Health Ministry.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
Doctors gather for an informative meeting at the Ljubljana central hospital before their trade union begins wage talks with the Health Ministry.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
Doctors gather for an informative meeting at the Ljubljana central hospital before their trade union begins wage talks with the Health Ministry.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
Doctors gather for an informative meeting at the Ljubljana central hospital before their trade union begins wage talks with the Health Ministry.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
Doctors gather for an informative meeting at the Ljubljana central hospital before their trade union begins wage talks with the Health Ministry.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
Doctors gather for an informative meeting at the Ljubljana central hospital before their trade union begins wage talks with the Health Ministry.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
The general manager of the Ljubljana central hospital (UKC), Darinka Miklavcic (left), and the UKC medical director, Aleksandra Markovic on way to a doctors' meeting at UKC.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
Doctors gather for an informative meeting at the Ljubljana central hospital before their trade union begins wage talks with the Health Ministry.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
The head of the doctors' union, Fides, Konrad Kustrin, talking to the medical director of the Ljubljana central hospital (UKC), Aleksandra Markovic (centre), and UKC general manager Darinka Miklavcic, on the sidelines of a doctors' meeting at UKC.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
The head of the doctors' union, Fides, Konrad Kustrin, at a meeting of doctors at the Ljubljana central hospital.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
The head of the doctors' union, Fides, Konrad Kustrin, before a meeting of doctors at the Ljubljana central hospital.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
Doctors gather for an informative meeting at the Ljubljana central hospital before their trade union begins wage talks with the Health Ministry.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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