Will Libyan Doctors Go On Strike Again?


On Thursday, the Head of the General Syndicate of Libyan Doctors (LGMC), Mohamed Al-Ghouj threatened to resort to “civil disobedience and mass resignations because of the Government of National Unity’s (GNU) inaction to meet our demands.”

In press statements, the LGMC Head held the Tripoli-based Ministry of Health “fully responsible, because of its failure to settle the legitimate demands of doctors that were presented to it.”

He added that these demands “include raising salaries by reviewing the professional classification of doctors, in addition to providing employment opportunities. Salaries have not yet increased, and we are afraid that the Prime Minister is trying to deceive us into being silent about demanding our rights.”

“We would like to draw your attention to all the medical, auxiliary, and administrative elements in the various health facilities and isolation centers. They are very upset, angry, and dissatisfied with the performance of the government and the policy of double standards,” the statement added.

In November 2021, Al-Ghouj announced that all healthcare workers would begin striking across the country.

In a statement to Fawasel Media, he affirmed his support for the Libyan doctors’ demands. As well as noting that there will be an exception for ambulances, emergency, and life-saving cases.

Al-Ghouj explained that the PM was contacted to reach a solution that would satisfy all parties.

He indicated that the LGMC “will work to properly convey their voices to the legislative and executive bodies. As well as calling for solutions for medical staff who have not received their salaries for 4 or 5 years.”

“We want a serious pause, for the benefit of the citizen, before the healthcare sector, and to relieve the suffering of patients. Especially in the southern region, where patients have to travel hundreds of kilometers to undergo a medical examination, in light of the current living conditions,” Al-Ghouj noted.