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Peru doctors chain themselves to ministry gates over wage disputes

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A group of Peru’s public-sector doctors chained themselves to the gates of the country’s Ministry of Labor, on Monday, as strikes over doctors’ wages continue across the country.

The group of doctors chained themselves to the gates, holding banners and flowers in their hands, according to local radio RPP.

The ministry’s security personnel tried to break the chains, but were stopped by protestors.

One of the protestors, Dr. Pilar Menoza, said doctors worked six hours a day, and not the four hours that have been claimed by some media outlets.

“They don’t value physicians’ work. They think we work four hours [ a day], as they have stated. We work six hours, and see to over 30 patients,” she said, according to RPP.

>Last week >EsSalud authorities gave doctors an ultimatum, and threatened to lay them off if they did not end their strike.

>On Wednesday hundreds of >doctors from the Ministry of Health marched to Congress to demand higher wages and an increase to the ministry’s budget, and threatened to join EsSalud doctors’ strike if their demands were not met.

A group of Peru’s public-sector doctors chained themselves to the gates of the country’s Ministry of Labor, on Monday, as strikes over doctors’ wages continue across the country.

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