Private doctors join New Caledonia strike

Private doctors in New Caledonia will go on strike today joining medical staff of Noumea‘s three private hospitals.

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The strike, which will involve both general practitioners and specialists, will put increased pressure on Noumea‘s public hospital.

The doctors said their action would give New Caledonia a taste of what it‘s like without private doctors.

They said for years they had been asking for a serious analysis of the malfunctioning in the health care system.

The clinics started their strike last week amid concern that reimbursements had not been adjusted for years, which they say puts their viability at risk.

The dispute comes amid concern over the financial state of the public health care system because of its growing deficit.