15 May 2003

French Polynesia's doctors suspend strike for five days

10:57 am on 15 May 2003

French Polynesia's striking health care professionals have decided to suspend their action for five days in a bid to end their dispute with the social security system, the CPS.

This came just hours after about 200 doctors entered the CPS office in Papeete, demanding the start of new negotiations over their grievances.

But according to the news agency, AFP, the CPS leadership said the strike had to end for new talks to be opened.

The suspension comes after more than two weeks of strikes by doctors, nurses and other health professionals over changes in the insurance scheme.

Care had been reduced to emergency services only.