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Medical workers are protesting outside of parliament in Rome to protest expected shortages of medical workers in the system due government plans to not renew many temporary contracts.

The government says the €25 billion ($32.5 billion) austerity plan does not foresee cuts in Italy's state-run health care system but is seeking to stem waste.

The Simet union says that one-day strike Monday has canceled 40,000 surgeries and hundreds of thousands specialist visits, as well as halted veterinarian visits.

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