The Hellenic Federation of Dentistry has announced a nationwide strike by dentists throughout the country on Thursday, in protest against a government amendment that they say presages the liberalisation of their profession. The heads of local dentists' associations will meet in Athens on the same day.
The decision followed a meeting two weeks earlier with Health Minister Andreas Loverdos, who failed to reassure dentists concerning the government's intentions. This was followed by press reports the previous week that measures affecting dentists had been included in an finance ministry omnibus bill, even though talks with the health ministry were technically still in progress.