Doctors, nurses walk off job to protest austerity


Strike action by state doctors and nurses is expected to affect services at hospitals around the country Wednesday.

The Panhellenic Federation of Public Hospital Workers (POEDIN) has called on staff in Athens to walk off the job from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. while union members in other parts of the country will hold a 24-hour strike.

State doctors in Athens and Piraeus are set to stage a walkout from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

POEDIN called its action to protest an evaluation scheme for civil servants, demanded by Greece’s creditors, noting that 90 percent of its members have boycotted the scheme.

The doctors, for their part, are protesting state spending cuts in the health sector and calling for hirings.