Scuffles broke out during a protest by doctors, nurses and ambulance staff outside the health ministry at around noon on Friday, when riot police were called in to prevent them from forcing their way into the building. The protest was prompted by the arrest of a doctor on night duty at Attiko Hospital after a complaint was filed by a relative that a patient's life had been placed at risk because there was no bed available.

After the demonstration outside the ministry, doctors demanded to meet the minister and, when this was ruled out, asked instead to meet one of the ministry general secretaries. When this demand too was flatly refused, they attempted to force their way into the building but were pushed back by riot police.

The protestors then left and marched to Parliament.