in government-run hospitals across Oman have gone on strike in a bid to improve
working conditions and wages, it was reported on Sunday.
in the Gulf sultanate, pressing to overhaul the standard of healthcare facilities, held a one-hour
strike on Saturday and plan to do the same on Sunday, the Association of Omani
are our concern therefore we are not going on full-fledged strike,” Dr Munira
Saif Al Rubkhi, from the Royal Hospital, told Gulf News. “The doctors
will honour all on-call duties and also emergency calls.”
warned that more strikes could follow. “We may increase the hours of
strike from next week,” said Al Rubkhi.
in Oman have been calling for a slew of changes at government run hospitals - chiefly improved wages, working conditions and infrastructure investment - since
representatives held their first strike last year.
representatives on Wednesday met with the country’s Minister of Health, Dr
Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Obaid Al Sa’eedi, to discuss the issues.
Ministry of Health has established 13 technical teams to asset and evaluate the
quality of health services in the Gulf state.
one of two Gulf states to see a series of uprisings last year, inspired by
pro-democracy revolts that toppled the rulers of Egypt and Tunisia. In Oman,
where rallies were on a relatively small scale, demands were focused on higher
wages and jobs. Many protestors also demanded that the government prosecute
sacked ministers for corruption.
27 protestors were arrested in Sohar in March and April on charges of rioting
and vandalism, including torching of a supermarket, a police station and two
government buildings and damaging cars.
sultanate in February increased the salary for national workers active in the
private sector to OR200 rials ($520) per month from OR140.