Greeks will be forced to cure illness and diseases with …home remedies as pharmacists will launch a 48-hour strike on Thursday and Friday, March 8th and 9th 2012. Taking into consideration that pharmacies are closed on Saturday and Sunday, queues are expected to be quite long when they open again. The Panhellenic Federation of Pharmacists say this is a warning strike and threaten to launch more mobilization. With the strike, Greek pharmacists protest payment delays by the insurance funds, the degradation of the medicine care. Further they demand the immediate solution to the problem of “medicine shortages”.
At the same time, unions of health materials decided to stop supply public hospitals (ESY) until March 12, 2012. Public hospital paid their debts to suppliers with Greek bonds at the end of 2010. Now the suppliers want the bonds they hold to be excluded from the Collective Action Clauses (CACs). If the bonds will be be forced to participate in the Greek Bond Swap (PSI), “many suppliers’ enterprises will have to close down”, say the unions in a statement.