ATHENS – Many Greek doctors accused of wrongdoing aren’t being disciplined by a board set up to oversee unethical behavior, the country’s public sector overseer said.
Speaking to Kathimerini, the General Inspector of Public Administration, Leandros Rakintzis, said the national health system’s Central Disciplinary Council (CDC) is not doing its job properly, failing to punish doctors for offenses.
“I have found serious delays in the issuing of decisions by the council,” he said. “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.”
Rakintzis, who has appealed against a number of the council’s rulings, recommended an immediate overhaul of the body and the placing of judges on the panel.
The country’s Ombudsman earlier also said the board was failing to do its job and said it was “out of order.”
One of the cases that Rakintzis is chasing up involves a doctor who issued prescriptions without seeing his patients and had his original three-month suspension reduced to a written warning on appeal.
Another doctor, who was deemed to have engaged in unethical behavior, was dismissed from his position but managed to be completely acquitted on appeal.