The strike, proclaimed for 24 hours by the medical unions Anaao Assomed, Cimo-Fesmed, and Nursing Up, is being held across Italy. Photo: @anaao_assomed

Health workers in Italy went on strike on Tuesday in response to the policies of the President of the Council of Ministers, Giorgia Meloni. It is estimated that 85% of the European country's health personnel abstained from work.

Among the demonstrators were doctors, nurses and managers of the sector who are mainly demanding tax relief on part of the salary and the cancellation of pension cuts, measures contained in the budget bill for 2024, currently in parliamentary management.

The strike, proclaimed for 24 hours by the medical unions Anaao Assomed, Cimo-Fesmed, and Nursing Up, is taking place across Italy, and the leaders of the associations are taking part in a sit-in in Rome, in Piazza Santissimi Apostoli.

As expected, this national strike could affect 1.5 million health services. Although emergency rooms would be operational, non-urgent medical procedures were very likely to suffer delays and cancellations.

GRAZIE A TUTTI!#5dicembre #Sciopero pic.twitter.com/ChdeoAGWTZ

— Anaao Assomed (@anaao_assomed) December 5, 2023

The measures that want to be approved in the budget bill involve "a cut in the retirement pension of at least 50,000 people, amounting to up to 26,347 euros per year for life," the unions said.

The secretary of ANAAO ASSOMED, Pierino Di Silverio, and the president of CIMO-FESMED, Guido Quici, declared that "if with this budget the government intends to further distance doctors from the national health service", they would help the doctors leave.

So that "when patients come to the hospital" and find even fewer professionals to treat them, they know "who to blame," they added.

(With information from TeleSur)