Doctors react to liberalisation of medical profession

Medical doctors will respond to the government plans for the liberalisation of the medical profession with mobilizations and by seeking recourse to Greek and European courts, it was announced on Wednesday. 
The presidents of the Medical Associations of Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Patras, Messinia, Fthiotida and Larissa announced their intentions in their meeting with Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Health Minister Andreas Loverdos held in the parliament building.
Earlier, they had briefed main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras.
The Medical Associations demand the withdrawal of paragraph 1 in article 24 of the relevant draft law maintaining that it allows non doctors to open doctor’s surgeries and essentially, “surrenders primary healthcare to speculators and major business interests”.
They announced mobilizations and underlined that they also intend to seek recourse to Greek and European courts in case the controversial regulation is not withdrawn, calling for clear-cut rules to regulate medical services in the private sector in compliance with medical legislation and code of ethics.

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