Protests are planned at public hospitals around Greece on Wednesday, June 8. In Athens, medical staff will rally outside the Ministry of Health at 11 am (local time). The Panhellenic Federation of Public Hospital Employees (POEDIN) states that lives are endangered by the catastrophic state policies.
Specifically, the federation notes that 50 intensive care units remain closed with their staffing inadequate while safety concerns are noted, whereas hospitals don’t have medical and pharmaceutical supplies. The contracts of 190 workers employed in intensive care units via the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) were not renewed causing staff shortages.
The hospital employees demand:
♦ Free Public Health accessible to all
♦ Adequate staffing and funding of hospitals
♦ Temporary staff to be made permanent
♦ Workers contracts to be renewed for the execution of community programs
♦ The inclusion of medical employment in the category of heavy and unhealthy professions
♦ Regaining of bailout losses