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Polish doctors back to work after compromise with minister

January 7, 2015

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Doctors in Poland who shut down their offices to protest new requirements have gone back to work after reaching a compromise with the country’s health minister.

Hundreds of doctors closed their offices on Jan.1 and threatened a nationwide strike to protest new rules that obligated family doctors to diagnose and fast-track cancer patients but offered no additional compensation. The doctors argued the new rules would hurt other patients.

In a compromise reached Wednesday with Health Minister Bartosz Arlukowicz, the new oncology rules will be reviewed and subject to amendments, while state funding for family doctors will be raised slightly.

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