Wednesday October 22, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
24o C
11o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
EOPYY doctors occupy clinics in reform protest

A woman walks down the corridor of a closed branch of state health fund EOPYY in Athens on Monday, as doctors and other staff refused to hand over control of the organization’s polyclinics despite Health Ministry demands.

Doctors and other staff who work for the country’s main healthcare provider EOPYY on Monday refused to hand over control of the organization’s polyclinics, with some locking themselves inside the clinics in protest at troika-imposed plans to streamline the health sector.

Polyclinics in Ambelokipi and other parts of Athens and on several Aegean islands were among those occupied.

Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis warned that protesting doctors would be held responsible if the clinics or equipment were found to be damaged following their refusal to comply with the government’s demands.

The doctors countered that an official decision for the closure of the polyclinics has not been published in the Government Gazette, prompting Georgiadis to respond that the legislation would be published within 24 hours.

His ministry’s plan is to shut down EOPYY’s system for a month to allow the transition of the healthcare provider into the new Primary Healthcare Network (PEDY). During the transition, the ministry aims to evaluate all the employees who have been put into a so-called mobility scheme to determine who will be rehired and who will be dismissed.

The protesters object to plans to put more than 8,000 workers into the scheme, which foresees forced transfers and layoffs. Doctors are also angry about being forced to choose between working for the state and maintaining their private practices. They have also highlighted the social impact of the government’s overhaul. Yesterday, EOPYY doctors noted that Greeks insured with the provider will not be able to use EOPYY’s five-digit numbers over the coming month due to the suspension of the polyclinics’ operation. Patients can use doctors loosely affiliated with EOPYY or the state health sector (ESY) over the coming weeks.

ekathimerini.com , Monday February 17, 2014 (21:14)  
Archaeologists find missing head of Amphipolis sphinx
Coalition leaders prepare for troika amid sour mood
Parties at odds over university ID checks
At Defense Ministry, Tsipras assures policy continuity
Credit sector officials sleeping easy ahead of stress test results
Analysts, investment banks and institutional investors appear optimistic regarding the results of the European Central Bank stress tests on local lenders, which has been mirrored in the perf...
Certainty on primary surplus target
The state budget’s primary surplus beat expectations by almost a billion euros in the first nine months of the year, General Accounting Office data confirmed on Tuesday, but tax revenues and...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
PAOK fans stop coach Markopoulos´s move to Olympiakos
Olympiakos is once again in the lookout for a new coach after the refusal of PAOK to release Soulis Markopoulos, while Panathinaikos defeated Kolossos on Rhodes on Monday to become the only ...
BASKETBALL
Reds lose to Nea Kifissia, search for new coach
Nea Kifissia recorded the biggest win of its short history in the top flight defeating Olympiakos 68-67 on Sunday, in a Basket League weekend marred by the abandonment of the Thessaloniki de...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
The ECB collateral for Greece must be lowered to 5 pct
According to recent reports, the European Central Bank plans to reduce the “57 percent penalty,” that is the discount applied to almost all Greek government bonds (GGBs) held as collateral b...
INTERVIEW
The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis
For a decade, until mid-2012, Josef Ackermann was the CEO at Deutsche Bank. It was a position that earned him the nickname “shadow chancellor” of Germany and allowed him to play a decisive r...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Credit sector officials sleeping easy ahead of stress test results
2. Certainty on primary surplus target
3. Feverish talks on payment plan proposals
4. TUI promises even more tourists
5. Archaeologists find missing head of Amphipolis sphinx
6. Coalition leaders prepare for troika amid sour mood
more news
Today
This Week
1. The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis
2. Gang importing heroin into Greece busted
3. Greece said to seek tailor-made plan for bailout exit
4. Self-opposing coalition
5. Gutsy rectors
6. Applications for heating oil subsidy set to start
Today
This Week
1. Possible third figure in Amphipolis mosaic may be uncovered shortly
2. Istanbul skyscraper casts shadow over Greece's banking ambitions
3. Coalition shooting itself in the foot
4. GPO poll gives SYRIZA clear lead over New Democracy
5. Greece must stick to reforms, says Schaeuble
6. Greece’s closed society is central to its current malaise
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.