Striking EOPYY doctors rebuff government overture

Doctors at EOPYY, Greece’s main healthcare provider, on Tuesday appeared determined to continue with a strike in protest at the government’s civil service overhaul, rejecting a proposal by Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis for a one-month delay to the scheduled induction of staff into a scheme of forced transfers and layoffs.

Unionists met Tuesday with Georgiadis’s deputy, Antonis Bezas, who called on medics to join a debate on the creation of a new primary healthcare system. The unionists refused to break their strike, however, repeating their demand for the mobility scheme to be revoked and for the government to guarantee that no doctors will be fired.

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