Greece - Health care workers held a strike - October 31, 2016

Health care workers held a 24-hour strike, leaving hospitals running with emergency staff. Protesters marched past 10 state-run hospitals before reaching the health ministry. Per capita spending on health has been axed by nearly a third since 2009 as the government made cuts required by its bailout programs, according to estimates by the OECD. That has created longer waiting lists for treatment, staff shortages, and frequent medical equipment failure at hospitals. The trade unions accuse the government of delaying plans to hire more hospital staff, which they argue would cover just 20% of jobs lost due to austerity measures.

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