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Doctors and teacher walk out over cutbacks

State hospital doctors are on Wednesday to stage a one-day strike, joining medics employed by the

Social Security Foundation (IKA) who launched a 48-hour strike on Tuesday.

Meanwhile school teachers are also preparing a one-day walkout on Wednesday.

State hospital doctors object to the government?s plans to merge hospitals as part of a broader cost-cutting drive in the debt-crippled health sector while IKA medics are calling for the renewal of short-term employment contracts with the fund and the revocation of planned mergers that would result in the closure of several IKA centers.

Thousands of doctors are expected to join a rally in central Athens on Wednesday.

Primary and secondary education teachers, who are protesting school mergers and broader reforms to the state education sector by the government, are to march from Athens University to Parliament on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m., along with pupils, students and parents.

Unionists have called on members to join the action to avert ?the bankruptcy and dissolution of state education and health.?