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State doctors end strike threat

State doctors have called off threatened strike action after a meeting on Friday with Health Minister Philippos Patsalis.

The minister had agreed to meet with the state doctor’s union, PASYKI when they threatened to go on a strike last month unless their demands were met.

They objected to the extension of their retirement age from 65 to 68.

The “humiliating amounts” they receive as overtime pay, was another problem they wanted to discuss.

At the meeting, they were told that the ministry was able to secure €800,000 to cover their overtime pay, which is less than half of the €2 million they were asking earlier in the year, but PASYKI head Maro Kontou said that the union agreed to the amount.

“More study is needed on the subject of overtime,” Patsalis said after the meeting.

On the retirement age the minister said that it was an issue for parliament and that it would be discussed.

He will meet the doctors union again in ten days, he said.  The minister also briefed PASYKI on developments in the National Health Scheme



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