The budget revision the Government is expected to pass today in a meeting is a positive one that will secure all the appropriations for the payment of salaries, pensions and social allowances, for the proper operation of all public institutions, as well as for the continuation of investment projects in priority areas, according to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.
Drivers of taxis, buses and other forms of public transport who smoke while on the job will be fined 1,500 euros and have their license revoked for a month, according to new traffic rules and a circular issued by the Health Ministry Monday.
At the same time, if there is a child under the age of 12 in the vehicle, the fine will rise to 3,000 euros.
Greece's understaffed regional medical centers are reportedly struggling to cope again this summer due to the increased demand created by tourism.
According to complaints filed to the Health Ministry, medical centers across the country are suffering from serious shortages of medical and non-medical personnel.
Seeking to highlight his government's intention to improve the daily lives of citizens as a matter of priority, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitstotakis reaffirmed his intentions yesterday to proceed with thousands of hirings in the health and law enforcement sectors over a six-month period starting this year.
The Health Ministry is waiting for a report on the healthcare information system to be conducted by the National Health Insurance House (CNAS), Health Minister Sorina Pintea told AGERPRES on Thursday, adding that she will recommend the General Secretariat of the Government to replace the management of CNAS. The insurer's healthcare card information system has been down for 18 days.
Private diagnostic centers will remain closed as of Tuesday across Greece in protest at the Health Ministry's so-called clawback policy - the amount of money the businesses have to return to the state. Sector representatives will meet on Tuesday with Health Minister Andreas Xanthos in a bid to break the deadlock. [Intime News]