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Greek health workers protest against 'destruction'

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Greek health workers protest against 'destruction'


Greek health workers have protesting in front of the parliament building in Athens over cutbacks in spending, saying the cuts have caused the collapse of the Greek health system

They were joined by health sector workers from France, Belgium and Portugal, who were in Athens for a summit.

A French protester said that Greece was a test for “the destruction” of the health system for all of Europe.

Protesters complained that wage and staff cuts have increased their work load and made their job impossible.

This comes after the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and European Commission clashed on their handling of the initial Greek bail out.

The IMF said that the debt should have been restructured in 2010, and instead pushed an extra burden onto euro zone taxpayers.

At the protest, Greek trade unionist Kostas Tsikrikas said he feels recognising the mistakes has come too late. He said: “The cuts were both unjust for workers but also represent a street to nowhere.”

Representatives from the IMF, EU and European Commission are due to visit Greece next week to discuss the country’s debt.

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