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Doctors at state hospitals threaten to strike over gov’t health policies Doctors at state hospitals said yesterday that they would stage industrial action between November 7 and 11 in protest at the government’s health policies. They are demanding the doubling of public spending on the health sector, the hiring of more medical staff, pay rises and the start of a discussion about the restructuring of clinics and daycare centers. DEADLY HUSBAND Cretan man, 50, allegedly killed wife to get custody of son A 50-year-old man confessed yesterday to the murder of his estranged wife in Crete, police said. The man told police that he murdered the 43-year-old woman because he wanted custody of their youngest son. The alleged murderer claimed to have wanted to reunite with his wife but she had sent a him an out-of-court notice regarding the custody of their child. The man shot the woman twice with a hunting rifle as she was leaving her workplace on Monday. SANTORINI PROBE Committee experts visit site Senior members of an expert committee, set up by the Culture Ministry to oversee an investigation into the collapse of a massive roof at Akrotiri on Santorini, yesterday visited the ancient site where a British man was killed and six people were injured. Georgios Pentelis, an expert in reinforced concrete at Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University, is leading the probe, which is being overseen by Vassilis Handakas, who heads the ministry’s department for reconstruction of museums and technical projects. There are another five academics on the committee. Data protection Employers do not have the right to gather personal information about the relatives of their staff, the Data Protection Authority ruled yesterday. The authority issued the decision after ordering an insurance firm to destroy a file containing the details of its employees’ families. Park regeneration Athens and Piraeus Prefect Fofi Gennimata yesterday heralded the regeneration of the Attiko Forest and Pedion tou Areos parks, to the tune of 8.93 million euros and 9.15 million euros respectively, noting that tenders for the two projects were due to be announced in the next few days. Gennimata referred to an «ongoing struggle to transform the Pedion tou Areos and the Attiko Forest into modern European parks, accessible and safe for all citizens of Attica.» Teachers rated Greek senior high school teachers are not very good at their jobs, according to a group of 1,147 pupils who participated in an online survey whose results have been published on www.ratemyteachers.gr. Asked to rate their teachers’ knowledge of their subject matter and ability to communicate it, most pupils polled awarded their teachers marks ranging between 10.8 and 12.6 out of 20. Overall, older students were stricter in the marks they awarded. OA boosts hours Olympic Airlines said yesterday that it will expand the operating hours of its main agency in central Athens as of October in a bid to offer its clients better service. The agency will be open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9.15 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Passengers can contact the airline on 210.966.6666 for further details. Petrol investigation An Athens prosecutor has launched an investigation into whether gas stations in the broader Attica region operate without the proper licenses. The investigation was prompted by a series of press reports claiming that some petrol outlets only have a license to run a parking lot. Trucker arrest Coast guards in the northwestern port of Igoumenitsa have arrested a 40-year-old truckdriver after five illegal migrants were found in the back of his vehicle as he was waiting to board a ferry for Italy. One of the migrants had fainted and needed medical attention. The nationality of the truck driver and the migrants were not made known.