Dentists warn of long-term strike action

Dentists in Attica are warning of possible long-term strike action if the government decides to go ahead with its plans for the sector?s liberalization. According to the dentists, the government is planning to allow dental practices to be set up by people who do not hold degrees in dentistry.

The move, say dental practitioners, would lead to a very small number of professionals in the health sector benefiting financially, while dentists would acquire employee status.

Dentists argue that the quality of services provided would deteriorate and thousands of existing dental practices around the country would be forced to close.