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Military doctors as reinforcements in Slovakia

(credit: Czech Ministry of Defence)

(BRUXELLES2) The Czech government has decided on a somewhat special and lightning mission. He dispatched around XNUMX military doctors to the neighboring country, Slovakia, on Saturday, to come to the aid of the government which declared a state of emergency, after the collective resignation of many hospital doctors.

About 1200 of the 7000 hospital doctors in Slovakia resigned on December 1 to protest against their salary conditions, which they consider unfavorable, and the blocking of negotiations (they refuse the increase of 300 euros granted). Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radi?ová had asked her Czech counterpart, Petr Necas, for help. Czech military doctors to provide night duty in the main towns of the country.

About thirty military doctors therefore arrived in Bratislava on Saturday to ensure the replacement of the resigning doctors. But they didn't stay long. Critics have rocketed on both sides of the border. Even "  Czech military doctors are leaders in their fields. The objective was to save human lives. Our doctors during their stay in the Slovak Republic clearly contributed to this. explained Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra. " The Slovaks asked us for help. We have provided it where possible. If we had been in the same situation, I believe that we could have benefited from the help of neighboring countries. »

A "mission" which however arouses a clear controversy in the two eastern republics. The Slovak trade unions have compared this mission to the intervention of the Warsaw Pact in 1968. While judging this comment excessive, Lidove Noviny, a conservative daily, considers for its part that this mission was “ unconstitutional ". The doctors returned today to the Czech Republic, assures for its part the Ministry of Defense in Prague.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).