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Lebanon’s healthcare sector a ‘bomb waiting to explode’

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Lebanese healthcare workers are reaching breaking point, health minister Firass Abiad told The National on Tuesday, as a viral video drew renewed attention to issues in the sector.

An altercation between a hospital director and a nurse on strike over unpaid wages highlighted the deep challenges faced by medical staff in Lebanon’s once-prized hospitals.

Salaries barely cover transport cost to and from work. Hospitals cannot obtain their funds stuck in banks and are threatening to request payment in cash only. Thousands of employees are believed to have left to work abroad since the start of Lebanon’s worst-ever economic crisis in 2019.

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