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Puerto Rico public hospitals cancel surgeries amid protest

December 4, 2015

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Doctors at public hospitals in Puerto Rico have been forced to cancel dozens of elective surgeries after employees walked out to demand their annual Christmas bonus.

Officials with the Medical Services Administration told reporters Friday that they had to set aside roughly 100 elective surgeries because of the protest.

The demands by unionized health workers come as Puerto Rico struggles to emerge from a nine-year economic slump.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has not said whether the government has enough money to pay public workers their annual bonuses.

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