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Italian health workers to demonstrate at economy ministry

Some 30,000 surgeries stand to be cancelled amid protest

Italian health workers to demonstrate at economy ministry

Rome, July 19 - Some 30,000 surgeries as well as half a million specialist doctors' appointments are set to be cancelled on Monday amid a nationwide strike that has been called by health-sector workers including doctors, veterinarians and allied personnel. The protests will involve medical experts holding off for four hours at the start of each shift, and will include a sit-in by demonstrators in front of the economy ministry on Monday morning. The health sector workers are up in arms over lack of State resources a collective contract that has not been renewed since 2009.

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