Doctor's Orders

DAVID LEVENSON for TIME

CHANGING PLACES: French-born anesthesiologist Iossifidis thinks her countrymen could learn from the British system

Rail workers do it, teachers do it, even judges did it earlier this year. Now top doctors are doing it, too: walking off the job in France to demonstrate against shabby treatment by the government. Some 2,000 French surgeons are threatening to spend a week in self-imposed exile in London starting on Aug. 30, during which time they'll invite recruiters from British hospitals to their protest meetings. "Our goal is to get France to realize how undervalued our profession is," says Dr. Philippe Cuq, a vascular surgeon from Toulouse who heads Surgeons of France, the 3,000-member organization behind the protest. "Young...

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