Doctors in Germany go on strike in a dispute over pay and working hours

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Doctors at university hospitals are demanding salary increases and restrictions on irregular working hours.

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Doctors at 23 state university hospitals in Germany quit on Tuesday after failing to reach an agreement with hospital executives in collective bargaining talks.

The Marburger Bund union called on several thousand doctors to demonstrate in the northern German city of Hanover in what it billed as a “warning strike”.

The union has asked for a 12.5% ​​salary increase and higher bonuses for working at night, on weekends and on holidays for around 20,000 doctors in university hospitals, financed by the 16 German Länder.

The action comes after the failure of a third round of negotiations with the federal states.

Urgent patient care is not expected to be disrupted by the strike, but clinical services could be disrupted, the union said. Some non-urgent operations also had to be postponed.

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