Greek state hospital doctors, staff on strike

The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece — Greek state hospital services faced disruptions Wednesday as staff held work stoppages and protests over government austerity measures and pay delays.

Doctors and staff at public hospitals in the greater Athens area were walking off the job for three hours Wednesday, and planned a demonstration at the health ministry at noon.

Hospital doctors were also holding a go-slow protest, demanding the payment of overtime they say has not been paid for four months.

Health spending was affected by new cuts this year to ensure Greece can continue receiving rescue loans from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund. Facing a mountainous debt and gaping budget deficit resulting from years of fiscal laxity and overspending, the country has been relying on billions in bailout loans since May 2010 to prevent it from defaulting on its mountain of debt.

Printed on Thursday, March 22, 2012 as: Doctors, staff in Greece protest after government pay delays