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‘Public, private sector doctors to hold two-hour strike on Monday’

By Petra - Mar 15,2014 - Last updated at Mar 15,2014

AMMAN — Around 18 assaults on doctors have been registered so far this year, the Jordan Medical Association (JMA) said on Saturday.

Maha Fakhouri, a member of the JMA council, said 83 assaults on doctors were recorded last year, noting that the phenomenon has reached “worrying levels”.

The JMA, she added, is organising a two-hour work stoppage on Monday to protest against assaults on doctors.

Public and private sector physicians are scheduled to participate in the work stoppage, which starts at 11am and ends at 1pm.

On Friday, three doctors at the Prince Hamzah Public Hospital’s emergency surgery department were attacked by a group of people who were accompanying a patient.

Two of the doctors were injured and are currently hospitalised.

Bassem Kiswani, an adviser at the Ministry of Health, said JMA representatives visited the doctors on Saturday and discussed the issue of assaults against physicians with ministry officials.

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