MADRID HEALTH CRISIS

Over 100 Madrid health chiefs threaten to resign in privatization protest

Directors will collectively present signed resignations to Madrid parliament on December 27

Striking doctors agree to continue protesting against Madrid´s government health reforms
Striking doctors agree to continue protesting against Madrid´s government health reformsSAMUEL SÁNCHEZ

The directors of over 100 healthcare centers in Madrid are offering their resignations in a bid to pressure the regional government into giving up plans to privatize part of its health system.

At a meeting of representatives from the region's 270 health centers (above) - called to decide whether they should quit en masse as a protest measure - the management teams of 118 clinics on Thursday made their position clear by showing up with their resignation letters already signed.

The assembly at the Madrid Medical School decided that the letters should all be presented together on December 27, the day the regional parliament will vote on the bill which, together with the 2013 regional budget - approved by deputies on Thursday - establishes the privatization plans.

The Popular Party-run Madrid administration is proposing to turn the management of six hospitals and 27 health centers over to private companies.

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