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Health workers protest against the austerity measures, outside a hospital in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

MADRID (AP) — More than 300 directors of some 140 health centers in Madrid resigned from their posts Tuesday to protest plans to partly privatize the region’s public health service.

The regional government of the Spanish capital plans to outsource the management of six of 20 large public hospitals in its territory and 27 of a total of 270 health centers. It argues it must do so to fix the region’s finances and secure health services.

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