• Short Summary

    THE BELGIAN DOCTORS' STRIKE IN ITS 14TH DAY.. THE BELGIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT?

  • Description

    THE BELGIAN DOCTORS' STRIKE IN ITS 14TH DAY.. THE BELGIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT STRIKING DOCTORS CALLED UP UNDER 'MOBILISATION' ORDERS, WERE STAGING 'A KIND OF 'GO-SLOW' AT HOSPITALS. SOME OF THEM 'LOOKED IDLE' AND PATIENTS WERE HAVING TO WAIT UP TO THREE HOURS TO SEE A DOCTOR. THIS AFTERNOON THE BELGIAN DEFENCE MINISTER ANNOUNCED THAT DOCTORS WOULD BE SENT TO ARMY UNITS IN WEST GERMANY IF THEY FAILED TO HELP THE AUTHORITIES 'IN ANY WAY'. MEANWHILE THE COUNTRY'S PRIME MINISTER THANKED 'WITH ALL MY HEART' THOSE DOCTORS WHO WERE CONTINUING THEIR WORK 'DESPITE THE PRESSURE EXERCISED AGAINST THEM'.

    THIS FILM TAKEN IN A BRUSSELS MILITARY HOSPITAL, SHOWS THE ARMY IN CONTROL OF THE PATIENT PICK-UP SERVICE IN THE CITY. CALLS FOR AMBULANCES TO BRING PATIENTS INTO HOSPITAL ARE CHANNELLED THROUGH A COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE. LOCATIONS ARE PIN-POINTED ON A MAP OF THE CITY, AND WITHIN MINUTES AN AMBULANCE IS ON IT'S WAY, WITH A DOCTOR IN UNIFORM, TO COLLECT THE PATIENT, AND BRING HIM BACK FOR TREATMENT.

    A DEFENCE MINISTRY ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY SAID ABOUT 3,000 OF THE 3,600 RESERVE OFFICERS CALLED-UP, HAD IN FACT REPORTED FOR DUTY. LEADERS OF THE STRIKE, NOW IN IT'S 14TH DAY, AGREED THAT WERE LONG QUEUES OF PATIENTS AT HOSPITALS. HOWEVER, A MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL UNION STATED THAT IF THE HOSPITALS APPEARED TO BE IDLE, IT WAS BECAUSE DOCTORS WERE NOT RECEIVING THEIR ORDERS FROM THE GOVERNMENT, WHICH WAS NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR RUNNING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5I0ZRBYAW5TQVKXZ6YCQGXI3F
    Media URN:
    VLVA5I0ZRBYAW5TQVKXZ6YCQGXI3F
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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