As of Wednesday, May 2, medical residents throughout Algeria have continued a total strike, leading to disruptions in emergency services nationwide. Unions representing medical workers have threatened to remain on strike until their demands are met.
Continued disruptions to health services, including longer wait times, are expected at health facilities in Algeria until the strike action is resolved. Associated protests, consequent heightened security measures, and associated transportation disruptions are possible.
Medical residents started the strike on April 29. The Autonomous Collective of Algerian Medical Residents (CAMRA) first launched protests in mid-November 2017 to call for the suspension of mandatory civil service for Algerian doctors, exemption from compulsory military service, and better pedagogical training, among other demands. Striking health workers, as well as striking workers from other sectors, have complained of a lack of dialogue with the government.
Individuals in Algeria are advised to avoid any form of protest due to the risk of violence, keep abreast of the situation, confirm medical appointments, and anticipate disruptions to available health services.
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