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UPD Greek pharmacists launch open-end strike as of Mar 26/2014

UPDATE: After the outcry and the troubled Greke patients standing up to three hour sin long queues, Greek pharmacies suspended their strike on April 1st 2014.

March 26th, KTG reported:

Hardly had Greek Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis “solved” the problems with the doctors working at National Health Care system, he opened a new confrontation front, this time with the pharmacists. The country’s pharmacists oppose the government’s liberalization reforms and started an open-end strike as of March 26th 2014.

In Athens and Piraeus the strike will start as of 2:30 pm today.

During the strike patients can get their medicine from pharmacies on duty.

Pharmacists have decided to launch an open-ended strike from Wednesday in protest at the government’s liberalization measures.

The pharmacists accused the coalition of making last-minute changes to draft legislation that will limit the role of pharmacies and threaten the livelihoods of some 12,000 Greek pharmacists.

“Pharmacies will not go like lambs to the slaughter,” said the head of the Greek Pharmacists’ Association, Kyriakos Theodosiadis.

“If people want medicines they should go to [Development Minister Costis] Hatzidakis’s office to get them. Let the ministers who vote for these provisions secure medicines for people.”

The Health Ministry responded with a statement that said it had secured significant benefits for pharmacists in Greece’s recent agreement with the troika, including the withdrawal of a demand that their profit margin be reduced to 15 percent across the board. (via ekathimerini)

PS and the troubled Greek patient lays helpless in the middle of the battle field. As always…

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