Reuters reports that the ongoing tension between the government and the medical community has ended.
As the dispute escalated, Prime Minister Iveta Radicova's outgoing centre-right government called a state of emergency at 15 hospitals this week, forcing staff to show up under threat of penalties.
"We have reached a deal after tough and long negotiations," an exhausted-looking Radicova told reporters Saturday, following overnight talks with doctors' representatives.
The agreement guarantees a gradual increase of doctors' gross monthly salaries in three stages, up to 1,769 euros ($2,370) in 2013. That is about 500 euros short of the unions' requests.
Salaries of some doctors were currently at around 1,500 euros, according to data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Unions stress the figure would include overtime and other extra work.
However, the average monthly pay in the healthcare sector is about half that amount.The Associated Press adds that previously striking doctors will immediately return to work.