Doctors and hospital workers have accused the government of planning mass sackings in the public healthcare sector despite Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis insisting that none of the 2,500 employees who are to be placed in a labor reserve will be fired.

“They have decided without any expert planning that they must feed the mobility scheme Minotaur with 2,500 positions and now they are looking for who they will sacrifice,” said the head of the federation of Greece’s doctors’ unions, Dimitris Varnavas. The union representing hospital employees, POEDIN, insisted that the 2,500 workers would be fired and not transferred.

Georgiadis told Skai Radio that there are 4,500 places to be filled in public healthcare so there would be no firings.