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Pharmacists announce 3-day strike next week

Δημοσίευση 24 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:47 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Pharmacists announce 3-day strike next week
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Pharmacists on Saturday announced that they will continue a nationwide strike on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week, on January 26-28, in protest against government draft bill designed to liberalise their profession.

Pharmacists on Saturday announced that they will continue a nationwide strike on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week, on January 26-28, in protest against government draft bill designed to liberalise their profession.

Heads of pharmacists' associations throughout the country took part in a meeting that decided to escalate protest action unless the government agrees to make modifications to the planned legislation, which they said had been agreed in talks between pharmacists and the health minister.

"The insured will be able to procure their medication normally with prescriptions from their social insurance fund. On Monday and Tuesday from all pharmacies and on the other days from the duty and overnight pharmacies," said the head of the national pharmacists' association.

The Piraeus Pharmacists Association decided on an even tougher stance, however, and has announced rolling 48-hour strikes from Monday. According to the head of the Piraeus association Constantine Kouvaris, pharmacists in Piraeus have not been paid by five social insurance funds in the past five months and can no longer afford to hand out drugs to the insured on credit.

In statements on Friday, Health Minister Andreas Loverdos had not appeared willing to compromise and announced that public hospitals would be enlisted if pharmacies refused to supply social insurance beneficiaries with pharmaceuticals.