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Slovene Press on Doctors' Strike

Ljubljana, 26 March - Neither Fides (Physicians and Dentists Trade Union) nor the government is willing to make any further concession. The government, because it knows that giving in to Fides's demands would cause a chain reaction in economy, while Fides believes the time has finally come to settle the status of doctors, writes Maribor's daily Večer Tuesday. Leaning on firm stand of Fides, the Health and Social Security Trade Union has also announced a general warning strike for next Wednesday, likely to be followed by a regular strike. Whether the threat will be carried out, depends on negotiations Tuesday - chiefly those between the government group and Fides. If the government yields here, they would adopt a firmer negotiating stance as well. Which means of course, that the government has little place to maneuver, as fulfilling the demands of Fides means starting another strike, which might take even wider proportions. Not complying with the demands, on the other hand, means continuing the conflict. Another problem is timing as the strike came only a few months before the elections, making everyone want to get as much as possible, regardless of the economic cost. What is particularly disturbing is the fact, that teh price is ultimately paid by the patients and taxpayers.

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