Business sector seeks end of anesthesiologists strike

The business sector called upon striking anesthesiologists and the Unión Médica Nacional to do the right thing for the welfare of the public.

The Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado issued the call Thursday as discussions between the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social and striking physicians seemed to be at an impasse.

The business chamber was joined by the Consejo Nacional de Cooperativo and the Movimiento Solidarista Costarricense.

The three organizations also said the government should do what it can to bring in foreign professionals from other countries to fill the spots of the striking physicians. The national medical union came out in support of the anesthesiologists Wednesday. A labor court ruled also Wednesday that the strike was illegal.

Nearly 2,000 surgeries at public hospitals have had to be postponed because of the strike, which is nearly two weeks old.

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