Tougher penal­ties ahead for of­fenses in health sec­tor

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Health Min­is­ter Makis Voridis yes­ter­day her­alded tougher penal­ties for of­fenses in the health sec­tor, not­ing that in­stances of black­mail or bribery that are nor­mally cat­e­go­rized as mis­de­meanors would be treated as felonies if they are com­mit­ted in the health sec­tor.

Voridis yes­ter­day sub­mit­ted a blue­print for the crack­down to Ioan­nis Tentes, the na­tional anti-cor­rup­tion co­or­di­na­tor. The plan also fore­sees changes to dis­ci­plinary pan­els, which are to com­prise a larger pro­por­tion of judges, rather than health sec­tor of­fi­cials.

The min­istry is also plan­ning to in­tro­duce an elec­tronic book­ing sys­tem for surgery to stop un­der-the-ta­ble pay­ments of­ten given to doc­tors by pa­tients to jump the queue.

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