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Thousands of Hong Kong medical professionals began a five-day strike Monday after the government refused their demand to shut all entry points from China amid a deadly virus outbreak on the mainland. The virus has spread in the community and 15 cases have been confirmed in Hong Kong.
Talks between the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance and the Hospital Authority failed after the city’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam refused to attend negotiations on Sunday.
The Hospital Authority on Sunday warned that about half of all pre-booked operations at public hospitals would have to be postponed if the strike goes ahead.
The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance today launched its first strike against non-emergency services. At Queen Mary Hospital, the union set up a station outside the hospital to allow the participating medical staff to sign in and register. There was a long queue at one time.
Some people wore white ribbons and distributed to passers-by a pamphlet entitled “Strikes – 5 Demands for Medical Care”. The elevator door was sprayed with “United to Fight the Epidemic”, and “Revolution of our Times” was written on the wall.
Participating physicians said that they had struggled before deciding to strike and feared that it would affect the service to patients. They hope that the government will respond to their demands as soon as possible so they can return to work.
About 99% of the 3000 union members who voted Saturday backed the strike. The union had expected that 3,000 members from general out-patient clinics and full-time medical services would participate in the strike today. If the authorities do not respond to requests including comprehensive border closure, they will mobilize another 6,000 members to strike tomorrow to Friday.