Greek Inspector General Says Corrupt Doctors are Seldom Disciplined



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Greek General Inspector of Public Administration Leandros Rakintzis said that the Central Disciplinary Council (CDC) of the national health system seldom punishes public doctors for offenses.

Speaking to Greek newspaper “Kathimerini,” the public administration watchdog said, “I have found serious delays in the issuing of decisions by the council. More than 60 cases are in danger of not being heard due to the statute of limitations, while quite a few of the decisions need to be appealed.”

In the past few months, there have been several instances where doctors, working in the national health system, were reported for receiving bribes from patients or writing illegal prescriptions. However, after the reports, there is no information on disciplinary action taken against corrupt doctors. Rakintzis described the disciplinary council as being “out of order.”

Rakintzis is following many corruption cases. One of them involved a doctor who issued prescriptions without even seeing his patients. He was suspended for three months but appealed and only received a written warning. Another doctor was dismissed from his position for engaging in unethical behavior, but, after his appeal, he was acquitted.