The economic crisis has hit medical care the hardest. After six years of austerity, Greece’s public hospitals and clinics are low on staff, medicine and even basic supplies. Patients must show patience with the average wait for surgery at 16 months due to the staffing shortage as well as problems with equipment. The Greek Public Hospital Workers Federation (POEDIN) presented figures that show that 46 hospitals across the country are facing problems.
Examples of this are Thessaloniki’s Ippokrateio with only six of the 15 surgery rooms working as nine remain closed due to lack of nurses and doctors. Patients wait an average of 16 months for an operation.
Things aren’t much better at the Attiko Hospital in Haidari, western Athens, where seven of the 14 operating rooms are closed. At Thriasio in Elefsina, western Attica, there are only five of the 12 operating rooms open and the equipment is dated and facing problems.
Recently, POEDIN had lodged a complaint regarding the few ambulances available to serve the needs of people whose lives are at risk.