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Greek doctors plan action over government’s failure to pay them

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 13 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5462
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Doctors in Greece are planning to refuse to treat patients without being paid upfront, after months of government delays in being paid for the work they have done.

A doctors’ trade union issued a statement on 9 August in which it said that its members would take steps if the situation was not resolved by 20 August and that it would seek to take legal action against the Greek government.

The dispute involves doctors working for the state employer, the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY), Greece’s equivalent to the NHS.

The doctors claim that their employer has breached its contractual obligations to pay doctors within 45 days of them providing medical services.

The …

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