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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-08-03

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Draft medical ethics law introduces stiff penalties for transgressing doctors
  • [02] Ro-ro develops list, all aboard safe and well
  • [03] Greece to tender more Olympic facilities in August, September

  • [01] Draft medical ethics law introduces stiff penalties for transgressing doctors

    The government on Wednesday unveiled a draft bill that will introduce a new code of ethics for medical practitioners, as well as stiff penalties for doctors found guilty of unethical practices, particularly doctors working at state hospitals and social insurance funds that illegally accept money from patients or have their own private practices.

    Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis said these penalties can range from a two-year suspension of the licence to practice and fines of 50,000-200,000 euros for first-time offenders to a permanent loss of licence for repeat offenders.

    The draft bill also provides doctors with greater protection from unwarranted complaints and reports, giving them the right to seek compensation and restitution of financial damage and mental anguish, while other articles forbid euthanasia and cloning.

    [02] Ro-ro develops list, all aboard safe and well

    A ro-ro car/cargo ferry developed a list after setting off from Keratsini on Wednesday morning, and was being propped by five tugboats, but all 10 passengers and 25 crew members were safe and well, the Merchant Marine ministry said.

    According to the ministry's Operations Room, the "Aghios Efstathios" ro-ro set sail in the morning from Keratsini, carrying 25 lorries, 10 lorry drivers as passengers and a 25-member crew on the route Piraeus, Chios, Lesvos, Limnos and Kavala, but soon developed a 13 degree list.

    The captain immediately alerted the Operations Room, and turned the ferry back, anchoring off Drapetsona.

    The lorry drivers and crew were safely disembarked, and the ferry was behind propped in place by five tugboats and cables. Port Authority vessels were also on hand to offer assistance.

    Ship engineers and experts from the ministry's Merchant Shipping Inspectorate were at the scene to determine the cause of the list.

    [03] Greece to tender more Olympic facilities in August, September

    The Greek government will proceed with its plan to ensure a commercial use of Olympic Games facilities by announcing two new tenders in August and September, Alternate Culture Minister Fani Palli-Petralia said on Wednesday.

    Speaking to reporters, after a meeting with Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis to discuss the programme, Petralia said the August tender would include Olympic facilities in Faliro, Galatsi (beach volley, tae-kwon-do and fencing facilities). Petralia added that following the introduction of a new legislation, the government must proceed with the capitalisation of the large Olympic heritage and to avoid further burdening the state budget.

    "Our aim is that this great Olympic Games heritage to be used to the benefit of consumers' daily lives," Alogoskoufis said.


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