Hospital staff to protest cutbacks on Wednesday

TAGS: Health, Strike

State hospital services will face disruptions on Wednesday as employees walk off the job to protest the impact of austerity measures on staffing and infrastructure, heeding a call to action by the national union POEDIN.

The action will affect hospitals in Attica from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m as employees stage a five-hour walkout while staff elsewhere in Greece are to hold a 24-hour strike.

Employees are also protesting the gradual transfer of psychiatric patients to general hospitals from psychiatric clinics due to cutbacks.

In a related development on Monday, staff at the Dromokaiteio mental health facility built a wall across the entrance to the hospital to protest planned transfers and cutbacks which they said were threatening their jobs.