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Greek Health Minister Jeered at Thessaloniki Hospital

georgiadis-Greek-health-careGreek Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis was jeered by locals and patients during his visit to several hospitals in Thessaloniki, northern Greece.
Georgiadis was on an inspection of the hospitals’ condition and discussing the health sector problems with the patients, doctors and healthcare employees.
However, while leaving Papageorgiou General Hospital, Georgiadis was jeered and heckled by patients’ relatives and healthcare workers, who were protesting about the serious problems in Greece’s health sector.
One lady complained that her father was left to die. Healthcare employees stressed that numerous staff remain unpaid or work without a contract. They also complained about major deficiencies in hospital staff, equipment and supplies.
Tensions mounted when Georgiadis answered ironically a question about labor contracts, with the protesters shouting and holding placards with slogans against the further deterioration of the health sector.

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