Five million appointments and 45,000 surgical procedures were postponed yesterday when Italian doctors staged a 24-hour strike over short-term employment contracts. Hospitals said that only emergency services were assured. Veterinary surgeons responsible for health checks on meat and fish also joined the stoppage. The strike, the latest in a series of protests that have rocked the centre-left Government of Romano Prodi, involved 135,000 medical and nonmedical staff, from surgeons, doctors and nurses to porters and administrative workers

Hospitals in chaos as doctors strike - Times Online


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