El Salvador's hospital strike turning away patients

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) " Thousands of sick people are being forced to return home without care in El Salvador as a strike by doctors and hospital workers intensifies.

The work stoppages began last week in San Salvador, but have expanded on Wednesday. Public health officials called a meeting with unions and doctors to try to end the impasse.

The government has refused to enact a law passed by the legislature giving a raise to all of the workers. Workers have rejected a government proposal to give raises to all those making less than $1,500, which the government says covers 85 percent of workers.

Alex Carballo is a leader of a medical workers union. He says workers are taking care of emergencies and people who were already hospitalized. But others are turned away without care.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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