Doc­tors warn new leg­is­la­tion will throw clin­ics into ‘chaos’

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After hold­ing a se­ries of walk­outs in pre­vi­ous weeks, Greek doc­tors warned of fresh ac­tion over a Health Min­istry bill that Par­lia­ment passed yes­ter­day over­haul­ing their work­ing hours and staff re­cruit­ment pro­ce­dures.

Un­der the new rules, doc­tors will work 12-hour duty shifts, while max­i­mum weekly work­ing hours are now set at 48 (these can be ex­tended to 60 hours per week with the doc­tor’s con­sent).

Fur­ther­more, doc­tors will no longer re­ceive com­pen­sa­tion for be­ing on standby.

Doc­tors are also re­act­ing to new rules per­tain­ing the re­cruit­ment of doc­tors, un­der which heads of depart­ment will no longer have a say in the se­lec­tion of staff.

Speak­ing to Kathimerini, the pres­i­dent of the Athens and Pi­raeus hos­pi­tal doc­tors’ as­so­ci­a­tion (EINAP), Matina Pag­oni, said “the new reg­u­la­tions ef­fec­tively in­tro­duce ‘rolling’ work­ing hours.”

“Un­less more doc­tors are hired, clin­ics will be thrown into chaos,” she added.

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