Haiti’s biggest hospital shuts down amid protest

A small group of union workers say they plan to shut down Haiti’s biggest hospital for a second day.

Clerk Sergo Castor says the General Hospital in downtown Port-au-Prince needs new management because the current one has failed to keep down soaring costs for patients and to improve abysmal working conditions.

The protest turned away an unknown number of patients seeking medical attention.

Castor and about 25 other union workers carried out the protest by blocking the front gate to the 700-bed hospital Wednesday with chairs and bricks as riot police looked on.

The employees at the overburdened and underfinanced hospital have been on a strike since July.

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