Central government hopes to head off hospital strike

Government officials just have today to head off an announced strike by workers in the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social’s hospitals.

The workers are scheduled to go out on strike at 6 a.m. Tuesday. They have promised to maintain care for emergencies and for patients already in the hospitals. The strike, if it takes place, is expected to disrupt work at local clinics and cancel appointments Caja subscribers might have had for x-rays, lab work, pharmacies or visits with specialists.

The dispute centers on overtime pay and the condition of some of the facilities.

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