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Showdown at Mongolian clinic

18th October 2006

Doctors from the Oncological Center in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator who tendered their resignations last week say they will return to work if their demands are met.

They have called on the country's health minister Gundalai to apologise to them, improve their working conditions, and remove the center director who is a friend of the minister's brother, installing a new one through a democratic vote.

G. Purevdorj, head of the committee of the doctors who handed in their resignations, denied accusations from the minister that doctors at the hospital accept bribes.

“If there is really someone, who has facts on doctors receiving a thousand dollars or several thousands of tugrug, they can apply to court. But instead to consider candies and treats given for gratitude as a bribe, lacking any evidence, one must know the difference between the two. Because of this, doctors’ reputations are really suffering,? he said.

The hospital, which has had problems with its heating systems this autumn, is not accepting any more patients and its operations have been halted, except for urgent operations.

The vice-chairman of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Mongolian Health workers, Ch. Choij accused Gundalai of appointing “his own,? person for the position of the director.

“The new director G. Ganbaatar is allegedly a friend of Gundalai’s brother. How can you appoint someone like him, who is an ex-convict? If he won’t explain this action and fulfill our requirements, all health workers will oppose.?

But Minister of Health Gundalai said he saw no problems in his actions. “What’s wrong with him being my brother’s friend? There is no law against appointing your friend for such a position. Who cares??

The minister has declined to meet the doctors, who called for his resignation, while the new director has fired six doctors who previously submitted their letters of resignation.

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