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Hiwa hospital staff go on strike, patients protest in Sulaimani

  2021-06-14  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Healthcare workers, administrative staff and physicians go on strike after they have not been paid benefits for extra hours they have workers for six months at Hiwa Cancer Hospital, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 14,2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Healthcare workers, administrative staff and physicians went on strike at Hiwa Cancer Hospital on Monday (June 14) after they have not been granted with benefits they are owed for working double shifts for six months. 

“We have continuously worked and treated the patients for six months without salaries, but we cannot keep on anymore,” a protester told Zhyan News Network.  

A number of the patients and others coming to the hospital for treatment also protested lack of supplies, especially necessary medication they are in dire need of it. 

“The demands of the healthcare workers and doctors are legitimate. They have treated us without salaries for six months,” patient with a chronic disease told said.

“The government is responsible for providing salary to the doctors and the employees,” another patient said. “If it can not pay them, let’s close down the hospital and we die of lack of treatment.”
Yad Naqishbandi, head of the hospital, said that the employees have not been paid advisory benefits for six months.

“The allocation set for the cancer centers in Sulaimani is not enough for cancer health treatment,” Naqishbandi said at a news conference.

(Zhyan English)